Trustworthy Systems

Protecting e-government against attacks


Gernot Heiser




E-Government services operate, by definition, across the Internet: citizens use their own desktops or mobile devices to access, via the Internet, government services hosted on servers physically located in some government agency, or even on a private or public cloud.

Attacks on e-government can such be broadly divided into three categories: server-side attacks (i.e. on the government servers), client-side attacks (i.e. on the citizen’s computing/access device) and network attacks (i.e. on the Internet connection, either by interfering with existing connections/sessions or by an attacker pretending to the server to be a valid client or to the client to be a valid server). This analysis explicitly ignores network attacks, as these are outside our expertise.

BibTeX Entry

    address          = {Brussels, Belgium},
    author           = {Heiser, Gernot},
    booktitle        = {EP Workshop on Security of e-Government},
    month            = feb,
    pages            = {5},
    paperurl         = {},
    slides           = {},
    title            = {Protecting e-Government Against Attacks},
    year             = {2013}