Reliable and secure low energy sensed spectrum communication for time critical cloud computing applications

Premarathne, U 2017, Reliable and secure low energy sensed spectrum communication for time critical cloud computing applications, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Science, RMIT University.

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Title Reliable and secure low energy sensed spectrum communication for time critical cloud computing applications
Author(s) Premarathne, U
Year 2017
Abstract Reliability and security of data transmission and access are of paramount importance to enhance the dependability of time critical remote monitoring systems (e.g. tele-monitoring patients, surveillance of smart grid components). Potential failures for data transmissions include wireless channel unavailability and delays due to the interruptions. Reliable data transmission demands seamless channel availability with minimum delays in spite of interruptions (e.g. fading, denial-of-service attacks). Secure data transmissions require sensed data to be transmitted over unreliable wireless channels with sucient security using suitable encryption techniques. The transmitted data are stored in secure cloud repositories.

Potential failures for data access include unsuccessful user authentications due to mis-management of digital identities and insucient permissions to authorize situation specic data access requests. Reliable and secure data access requires robust user authentication and context-dependent authorization to fulll situation specic data utility needs in cloud repositories. The work herein seeks to enhance the dependability of time critical remote monitoring applications, by reducing these failure conditions which may degrade the reliability and security of data transmission or access. As a result of an extensive literature survey, in order to achieve the above said security and reliability, the following areas have been selected for further investigations.

The enhancement of opportunistic transmissions in cognitive radio networks to provide greater channel availability as opposed to xed spectrum allocations in conventional wireless networks. Delay sensitive channel access methods to ensure seamless connectivity in spite of multiple interruptions in cognitive radio networks. Energy ecient encryption and route selection mechanisms to enhance both secure and reliable data transmissions. Trustworthy digital identity management in cloud platforms which can facilitate ecient user authentication to ensure reliable access to the sensed remote monitoring data. Context-aware authorizations to reliably handle the exible situation specic data access requests. Main contributions of this thesis include a novel trust metric to select non-malicious cooperative spectrum sensing users to reliably detect vacant channels, a reliable delaysensitive cognitive radio spectrum hand-o management method for seamless connectivity and an energy-aware physical unclonable function based encryption key size selection method for secure data transmission.

Furthermore, a trust based identity provider selection method for user authentications and a reliable context-aware situation specic authorization method are developed for more reliable and secure date access in cloud repositories. In conclusion, these contributions can holistically contribute to mitigate the above mentioned failure conditions to achieve the intended dependability of the timecritical remote monitoring applications.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Science
Subjects Mobile Technologies
Networking and Communications
Distributed and Grid Systems
Keyword(s) time critical remote monitoring applications
spectrum sensing
cognitive radio networks
trust management
access control
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