Title: A novel audio steganography technique integrated with a symmetric cryptography: a protection mechanism for secure data outsourcing

Authors: Shirole Rashmi PrakashRao; K. Jyothi

Addresses: Department of ISE, NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte-574110, Udupi, Karnataka, India ' Department of ISE, JNNCE, Shimoga-577204, Karnataka, India

Abstract: Data transfer over the internet is a very common process and security of this data is everyone's responsibility. Many techniques are available to secure such confidential data. Among them, cryptography and steganography are two major sub disciplines of information security. The aim of this paper is to maintain the imperceptibility and provide better security. The goals of this paper are to be acknowledged through: the use of variable sample selection method for audio samples - which enhances the security with better audio quality; and deploying one of the most secure algorithms - blowfish. It is used to secure data from eavesdropping. Performance of proposed work is compared with the traditional LSB algorithm for audio. The proposed system is the best approach for enhancing the security and retaining the good quality of the cover object.

Keywords: data hiding; cryptography; blowfish; advanced encryption standard; AES; steganography; least significant bit; LSB; peak signal to noise ratio; PSNR.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2021.118102

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2021 Vol.24 No.5, pp.530 - 537

Received: 02 May 2020
Accepted: 09 Jan 2021

Published online: 12 Oct 2021 *

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