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Lightweight attribute-based encryption for the internet of things

Abstract : The large volume of data produced by the increasingly deployed Internet of Things (IoT), is shifting security priorities to consider data access control from a data-centric perspective. To secure the IoT, it becomes essential to implement a data access control solution that offers the necessary flexibility required to manage a large number of IoT devices. The concept of Ciphertext-Policy Attribute-based Encryption (CP-ABE) fulfills such requirement. It allows the data source to encrypt data while cryptographically enforcing a security access policy, whereby only authorized data users with the desired attributes are able to decrypt data. Yet, despite these manifest advantages; CPABE has not been designed taking into consideration energy efficiency. Many IoT devices, like sensors and actuators, cannot be part of CP-ABE enforcement points, because of their resource limitations in terms of CPU, memory, battery, etc. In this paper, we propose to extend the basic CP-ABE scheme using effective pre-computation techniques. We will experimentally compute the energy saving potential offered by the proposed variant of CPABE, and thus demonstrate the applicability of CP-ABE in the IoT.
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N. Oualha, K.T. Nguyen. Lightweight attribute-based encryption for the internet of things. 2016 25th International Conference on Computer Communication and Networks (ICCCN), Aug 2016, Waikoloa, HI, United States. ⟨10.1109/ICCCN.2016.7568538⟩. ⟨cea-01841672⟩



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