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Fusion: coalesced confidential storage and communication framework for the IoT

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Security and Communication Networks
Issue number15
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)2656-2673
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/04/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Comprehensive security mechanisms are required for a successful implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT). Existing solutions focus mainly on securing the communication links between Internet hosts and IoT devices. However, as most IoT devices nowadays provide vast amounts of flash storage space it is as well required to consider storage security within a comprehensive security framework. Instead of developing independent security solutions for storage and communication we propose Fusion, a framework which provides coalesced confidential storage and communication. Fusion uses existing secure communication protocols for the IoT such as IPsec and DTLS and re-uses the defined communication security mechanisms within the storage component. Thus, trusted mechanisms developed for communication security are extended into the storage space. Notably, this mechanism allows us to transmit requested data directly from the file system without decrypting read data blocks and then re-encrypting these for transmission. Thus, Fusion provides benefits in terms of processing speed and energy efficiency which are important aspects for resource constrained IoT devices. The paper describes the Fusion architecture and its instantiation for IPsec and DTLS based systems. We describe Fusion’s implementation and evaluate its storage overheads, communication performance and energy consumption.