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A Decentralized Lightweight Blockchain-based Authentication Mechanism for IoT Systems

Khalid, U, Asim, M, Baker, T, C. K. Hung, P, Adnan Tariq, M and Rafferty, L (2020) A Decentralized Lightweight Blockchain-based Authentication Mechanism for IoT Systems. Cluster Computing, 23. pp. 2067-2087. ISSN 1386-7857

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging paradigm branded by heterogeneous technologies composed of smart ubiquitous objects that are seamlessly connected to the Internet. These objects are often deployed in open environments to provide innovative services in various application domains such as smart cities, smart health, and smart communities. These IoT devices produce a massive amount of confidentiality and security-sensitive data. Thus, security of these devices is very important in order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the system. In this paper, a decentralized authentication and access control mechanism is proposed for lightweight IoT devices and is applicable to a large number of scenarios. The mechanism is based on the technology of the fog computing and the concept of the public blockchain. The results gained from the experiments demonstrate a superior performance of the proposed mechanism when compared to a state-of-the-art blockchainbased authentication technique.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Cluster Computing. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10586-020-03058-6
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2020 10:27
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10586-020-03058-6
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12104
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