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BCoT Sentry: A Blockchain-Based Identity Authentication Framework for IoT Devices

by 1,2,3, 4 and 1,2,3,*
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The Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Xinjiang Laboratory of Minority Speech and Language Information Processing, Urumqi 830011, China
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Information Systems Department, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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Information 2021, 12(5), 203; https://doi.org/10.3390/info12050203
Received: 10 April 2021 / Revised: 7 May 2021 / Accepted: 7 May 2021 / Published: 10 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Information and Communications Technology)
In Internet of Things (IoT) environments, privacy and security are among some of the significant challenges. Recently, several studies have attempted to apply blockchain technology to increase IoT network security. However, the lightweight feature of IoT devices commonly fails to meet computational intensive requirements for blockchain-based security models. In this work, we propose a mechanism to address this issue. We design an IoT blockchain architecture to store device identity information in a distributed ledger. We propose a Blockchain of Things (BCoT) Gateway to facilitate the recording of authentication transactions in a blockchain network without modifying existing device hardware or applications. Furthermore, we introduce a new device recognition model that is suitable for blockchain-based identity authentication, where we employ a novel feature selection method for device traffic flow. Finally, we develop the BCoT Sentry framework as a reference implementation of our proposed method. Experiment results verify the feasibility of our proposed framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: IoT; blockchain; authentication IoT; blockchain; authentication
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Gong, L.; Alghazzawi, D.M.; Cheng, L. BCoT Sentry: A Blockchain-Based Identity Authentication Framework for IoT Devices. Information 2021, 12, 203. https://doi.org/10.3390/info12050203

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Gong L, Alghazzawi DM, Cheng L. BCoT Sentry: A Blockchain-Based Identity Authentication Framework for IoT Devices. Information. 2021; 12(5):203. https://doi.org/10.3390/info12050203

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Gong, Liangqin, Daniyal M. Alghazzawi, and Li Cheng. 2021. "BCoT Sentry: A Blockchain-Based Identity Authentication Framework for IoT Devices" Information 12, no. 5: 203. https://doi.org/10.3390/info12050203

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