Title: Lightweighted and energy-aware MIKEY-Ticket for e-health applications in the context of internet of things

Authors: Mohammed Riyadh Abdmeziem; Djamel Tandjaoui; Imed Romdhani

Addresses: LSI Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumedienne (USTHB), Bab Ezzouar, Algiers 16111, Algeria ' Security Division, Center for Research on Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST), Ben Aknoun, Algiers 16306, Algeria ' School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, UK

Abstract: To secure e-health communications, key management protocols play a vital role in the security process. Nevertheless, current e-health systems are unable to run existing standardised key management protocols due to their limited energy power and computational capabilities. In this paper, we introduce two solutions to tailor MIKEY-Ticket protocol to a such constrained environment. Firstly, we propose a new header compression scheme to reduce the size of MIKEY's header from 12 Bytes to 3 Bytes in the best compression case. Secondly, we present a new exchange mode to reduce the number of exchanged messages from 6 to 4. We use a formal validation tool to evaluate and validate the security properties of our tailored MIKEY-Ticket protocol. In addition, we evaluate both communication and computational costs to demonstrate the energy gain. The results show a decrease in MIKEY-Ticket overhead and a considerable energy gain without compromising its security properties.

Keywords: e-health; IoT; internet of things; MIKEY-Ticket; security; key management; data confidentiality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2018.090462

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2018 Vol.26 No.4, pp.227 - 242

Received: 03 Feb 2016
Accepted: 05 Oct 2016

Published online: 19 Mar 2018 *

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