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Future Internet 2015, 7(4), 445-464;

The Future Internet: A World of Secret Shares

Centre for Distributed Systems and Security, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, UK
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Academic Editors: Steven Furnell and Nathan Clarke
Received: 27 April 2015 / Accepted: 12 October 2015 / Published: 24 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet Security)
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The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is crumbling, partially due to the lack of a strong understanding of how encryption actually works, but also due to weaknesses in its implementation. This paper outlines an Internet storage technique using secret sharing methods which could be used to overcome the problems inherent with PKI, while supporting new types of architectures incorporating such things as automated failover and break-glass data recovery. The paper outlines a novel architecture: SECRET, which supports a robust cloud-based infrastructure with in-built privacy and failover. In order to understand the performance overhead of SECRET, the paper outlines a range of experiments that investigate the overhead of this and other secret share methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: secret shares; PKI; cloud computing secret shares; PKI; cloud computing

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Buchanan, W.J.; Lanc, D.; Ukwandu, E.; Fan, L.; Russell, G.; Lo, O. The Future Internet: A World of Secret Shares. Future Internet 2015, 7, 445-464.

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