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A Proposed Framework for Secure Data Storage in a Big Data Environment Based on Blockchain and Mobile Agent

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Department of Computer Science, College of Computing at Alqunfudah, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah 21514, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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Academic Editor: Jeng-Shyang Pan
Symmetry 2021, 13(11), 1990; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym13111990
Received: 17 September 2021 / Revised: 12 October 2021 / Accepted: 18 October 2021 / Published: 21 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Computer Science and Symmetry/Asymmetry)
The sum of Big Data generated from different sources is increasing significantly with each passing day to extent that it is becoming challenging for traditional storage methods to store this massive amount of data. For this reason, most organizations have resolved to use third-party cloud storage to store data. Cloud storage has advanced in recent times, but it still faces numerous challenges with regard to security and privacy. This paper discusses Big Data security and privacy challenges and the minimum requirements that must be provided by future solutions. The main objective of this paper is to propose a new technical framework to control and manage Big Data security and privacy risks. A design science research methodology is used to carry out this project. The proposed framework takes advantage of Blockchain technology to provide secure storage of Big Data by managing its metadata and policies and eliminating external parties to maintain data security and privacy. Additionally, it uses mobile agent technology to take advantage of the benefits related to system performance in general. We present a prototype implementation for our proposed framework using the Ethereum Blockchain in a real data storage scenario. The empirical results and framework evaluation show that our proposed framework provides an effective solution for secure data storage in a Big Data environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: Big Data; security; privacy; cloud storage; mobile agent; blockchain; Ethereum Big Data; security; privacy; cloud storage; mobile agent; blockchain; Ethereum
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Alsulbi, K.A.; Khemakhem, M.A.; Basuhail, A.A.; Eassa, F.E.; Jambi, K.M.; Almarhabi, K.A. A Proposed Framework for Secure Data Storage in a Big Data Environment Based on Blockchain and Mobile Agent. Symmetry 2021, 13, 1990. https://doi.org/10.3390/sym13111990

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Alsulbi KA, Khemakhem MA, Basuhail AA, Eassa FE, Jambi KM, Almarhabi KA. A Proposed Framework for Secure Data Storage in a Big Data Environment Based on Blockchain and Mobile Agent. Symmetry. 2021; 13(11):1990. https://doi.org/10.3390/sym13111990

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Alsulbi, Khalil A., Maher A. Khemakhem, Abdullah A. Basuhail, Fathy E. Eassa, Kamal M. Jambi, and Khalid A. Almarhabi. 2021. "A Proposed Framework for Secure Data Storage in a Big Data Environment Based on Blockchain and Mobile Agent" Symmetry 13, no. 11: 1990. https://doi.org/10.3390/sym13111990

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