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Access control in the industrial internet of things

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Publication date30/06/2019
Host publicationSecurity and Privacy Trends in the Industrial Internet of Things
EditorsCristina Alcaraz
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages20
ISBN (electronic)9783030123307
ISBN (print)9783030123291
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameAdvanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications
ISSN (Print)1613-5113
ISSN (electronic)2363-9466


The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is an ecosystem that consists of – among others – various networked sensors and actuators, achieving mainly advancements related with lowering production costs and providing workflow flexibility. Introducing access control in such environments is considered to be challenging, mainly due to the variety of technologies and protocols in IIoT devices and networks. Thus, various access control models and mechanisms should be examined, as well as the additional access control requirements posed by these industrial environments. To achieve these aims, we elaborate on existing state-of-the-art access control models and architectures and investigate access control requirements in IIoT, respectively. These steps provide valuable indications on what type of an access control model and architecture may be beneficial for application in the IIoT. We describe an access control architecture capable of achieving access control in IIoT using a layered approach and based on existing virtualization concepts (e.g., the cloud). Furthermore, we provide information on the functionality of the individual access control related components, as well as where these should be placed in the overall architecture. Considering this research area to be challenging, we finally discuss open issues and anticipate these directions to provide interesting multi-disciplinary insights in both industry and academia.