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Towards a lightweight continuous authentication protocol for device-to-device communication

© 2020 IEEE. Continuous Authentication (CA) has been proposed as a potential solution to counter complex cybersecurity attacks that exploit conventional static authentication mechanisms that authenticate users only at an ingress point. However, widely researched human user characteristics-based CA mechanisms cannot be extended to continuously authenticate Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The challenges are exacerbated with the increased adoption of device-to-device (d2d) communication in critical infrastructures. Existing d2d authentication protocols proposed in the literature are either prone to subversion or are computationally infeasible to be deployed on constrained IoT devices. In view of these challenges, we propose a novel, lightweight and secure CA protocol that leverages communication channel properties and a tunable mathematical function to generate dynamically changing session keys. Our preliminary informal protocol analysis suggests that the proposed protocol is resistant to known attack vectors and thus has strong potential for deployment in securing critical and resource-constrained d2d communication.

History

Event

TrustCom

Pagination

1119 - 1126

Publisher

IEEE

Location

Guangzhou, China

Start date

2020-12-29

End date

2021-01-01

ISBN-13

9780738143804

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2020, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Title of proceedings

Proceedings - 2020 IEEE 19th International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, TrustCom 2020