A New Distributed MIKEY Mode to Secure E-health Applications

Abdmeziem, M., Tandjaoui, D., Romdhani, I. (2016). A New Distributed MIKEY Mode to Secure E-health Applications. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data (IoTBD 2016), , () ( ed.). (pp. 88-95). Rome, Italy: . .

ISBN: 978-989-758-183-0


Securing e-health applications in the context of Internet of Things (IoT) is challenging. Indeed, resources scarcity in such environment hinders the implementation of existing standard based protocols. Among these protocols, MIKEY (Multimedia Internet KEYing) aims at establishing security credentials between two communicating entities. However, the existing MIKEY modes fail to meet IoT specificities. In particular, the pre-shared key mode is energy efficient, but suffers from severe scalability issues. On the other hand, asymmetric modes such as the public key mode are scalable, but are highly resource consuming. To address this issue, we combine two previously proposed approaches to introduce a new hybrid MIKEY mode. Indeed, relying on a cooperative approach, a set of third parties is used to discharge the constrained nodes from heavy computational operations. Doing so, the pre-shared mode is used in the constrained part of the network, while the public key mode is used in the unconstrained part of the network. Preliminary results show that our proposed mode is energy preserving whereas its security properties are kept safe.
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Imed Romdhani
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