Paper: Towards A Compressive-Sensing-Based Lightweight Encryption Scheme for the Internet of Things

September 22nd, 2020

Internet of Things (IoT) is flourishing and has penetrated deeply into people’s daily life. With the seamless connection to the physical world, IoT provides tremendous opportunities to a wide range of applications. However, potential risks exist when the IoT system collects sensor data and uploads it to the Cloud.

In this work, we propose Kryptein, a compressive-sensing-based lightweight encryption scheme for Cloud-enabled IoT systems to secure the interaction between the IoT devices and the Cloud. Kryptein supports random compressed encryption, statistical decryption, and accurate raw data decryption.

According to our evaluation based on two real datasets, Kryptein provides strong protection to the data. It is 250 times faster than other state-of-the-art systems and incurs 120 times less energy consumption.

The performance of Kryptein is also measured on off-the-shelf IoT devices, and the result shows Kryptein can run efficiently on IoT devices. After comparing with other state-of-the-art lightweight ciphers on IoT (Simon and Speck), IoT system with Kryptein is expected to have a much more longevity with about 35% extended lifetime.

Further, experiments illustrated IoT data variance will not affect Kryptein’s accuracy in a long term using, and Krpytein is also competent to do basic analytics tasks like machine learning.

Fig. 2: Architecture comparison between CryptDB, Talos, and Kryptein.

W. Xue et al., “Towards A Compressive-Sensing-Based Lightweight Encryption Scheme for the Internet of Things,” in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, doi: 10.1109/TMC.2020.2992737.

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