Security and Communication Networks
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Protection of Sensitive Data in Industrial Internet Based on Three-Layer Local/Fog/Cloud Storage

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Efficient Hierarchical Authentication Protocol for Multiserver Architecture

The multiserver architecture authentication (MSAA) protocol plays a significant role in achieving secure communications between devices. In recent years, researchers proposed many new MSAA protocols to gain more functionality and security. However, in the existing studies, registered users can access to all registered service providers in the system without any limitation. To ensure that the system can restrict users that are at different levels and can access to different levels of service providers, we propose a new lightweight hierarchical authentication protocol for multiserver architecture using a Merkle tree to verify user’s authentication right. The proposed protocol has hierarchical authentication functionality, high security, and reasonable computation and communication costs. Moreover, the security analysis demonstrates that the proposed protocol satisfies the security requirements in practical applications, and the proposed protocol is provably secure in the general security model.

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Design and Analysis of a Novel Chaos-Based Image Encryption Algorithm via Switch Control Mechanism

Chaos has been widely used in image encryption due to its rich properties. However, it remains an irreconcilable contradiction for security and implementation efficiency for image encryption schemes. In this paper, a novel chaos-based image encryption scheme has been proposed, where the Lorenz chaotic system is applied to generate pseudorandom sequences with good randomness, and a random switch control mechanism is introduced to ensure the security of the encryption scheme. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of the algorithm.

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A CP-ABE Scheme Supporting Arithmetic Span Programs

Attribute-based encryption achieves fine-grained access control, especially in a cloud computing environment. In a ciphertext-policy attribute-based encryption (CP-ABE) scheme, the ciphertexts are associated with the access policies, while the secret keys are determined by the attributes. In recent years, people have tried to find more effective access structures to improve the efficiency of encryption systems. This paper presents a ciphertext-policy attribute-based encryption scheme that supports arithmetic span programs. On the composite-order bilinear group, the security of the scheme is proven by experimental sequence based on the combination of composite-order bilinear entropy expansion lemma and subgroup decision (SD) assumption. And, it is an adaptively secure scheme with constant-size public parameters.

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Integrating Security Requirements Engineering into MBSE: Profile and Guidelines

Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) provides a number of ways on how to create, validate, and verify the complex system design; unfortunately, the inherent security aspects are addressed neither by the SysML language that is the main MBSE enabler nor by popular MBSE methods. Although there are many common points between MBSE and security requirements engineering, the key advantages of MBSE (such as managed complexity, reduced risk and cost, and improved communication across a multidisciplinary team) have not been exploited enough. This paper reviews security requirements engineering processes and modeling methods and standards and provides the MBSE security profile as well, which is formalized with the UML 2.5 profiling capability. The new UML-based security profile conforms to the ISO/IEC 27001 information security standard. In addition to the MBSE security profile, this paper also presents the security profile application use case and the feasibility study of current status for security and systems engineering processes.

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Minimizing Key Materials: The Even–Mansour Cipher Revisited and Its Application to Lightweight Authenticated Encryption

The Even–Mansour cipher has been widely used in block ciphers and lightweight symmetric-key ciphers because of its simple structure and strict provable security. Its research has been a hot topic in cryptography. This paper focuses on the problem to minimize the key material of the Even–Mansour cipher while its security bound remains essentially the same. We introduce four structures of the Even–Mansour cipher with a short key and derive their security by Patarin’s H-coefficients technique. These four structures are proven secure up to adversarial queries, where k is the bit length of the key material and μ is the maximal multiplicity. Then, we apply them to lightweight authenticated encryption modes and prove their security up to about -bit adversarial queries, where b is the size of the permutation and c is the capacity of the permutation. Finally, we leave it as an open problem to settle the security of the t-round iterated Even–Mansour cipher with short keys.

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User Audit Model Based on Attribute Measurement and Similarity Measurement

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an open network. And, there are a large number of malicious nodes in the network. These malicious nodes may tamper with the correct data and pass them to other nodes. The normal nodes will use the wrong data for information dissemination due to a lack of ability to verify the correctness of the messages received, resulting in the dissemination of false information on medical, social, and other networks. Auditing user attributes and behavior information to identify malicious user nodes is an important way to secure networks. In response to the user nodes audit problem, a user audit model based on attribute measurement and similarity measurement (AM-SM-UAM) is proposed. Firstly, the user attribute measurement algorithm is constructed, using a hierarchical decision model to construct a judgment matrix to analyze user attribute data. Secondly, the blog similarity measurement algorithm is constructed, evaluating the similarity of blog posts published by different users based on the improved Levenshtein distance. Finally, a user audit model based on a security degree is built, and malicious users are defined by security thresholds. Experimental results show that this model can comprehensively analyze the attribute and behavior data of users and have more accurate and stable performance in the practical application of the network platforms.

Security and Communication Networks
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Acceptance rate30%
Submission to final decision87 days
Acceptance to publication53 days
CiteScore1.810
Impact Factor1.376
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