• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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Towards Designing Efficient Lightweight Ciphers for Internet of Things


Abstract

Internet of Things (IoT) will transform our daily life by making different aspects of life smart like smart home, smart workplace, smart health and smart city etc. IoT is based on network of physical objects equipped with sensors and actuators that can gather and share data with other objects or humans. Secure communication is required for successful working of IoT. In this paper, a total of 13 lightweight cryptographic algorithms are evaluated based on their implementation results on 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers and their appropriateness is examined for resource-constrained scenarios like IoT. These algorithms are analysed by dissecting them into their logical and structural elements. This paper tries to investigate the relationships between the structural elements of an algorithm and its performance. Association rule mining is used to find association patterns among the constituent elements of the selected ciphers and their performance. Interesting results are found on the type of element used to improve the cipher in terms of code size, RAM requirement and execution time. This paper will serve as a guideline for cryptographic designers to design improved ciphers for resource constrained environments like IoT.


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Cite this article

[IEEE Style]
Muhammad Tausif, Javed Ferzund, Sohail Jabbar and Raheela Shahzadi, "Towards Designing Efficient Lightweight Ciphers for Internet of Things," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 4006-4024, 2017. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2017.08.014

[ACM Style]
Tausif, M., Ferzund, J., Jabbar, S., and Shahzadi, R. 2017. Towards Designing Efficient Lightweight Ciphers for Internet of Things. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 11, 8, (2017), 4006-4024. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2017.08.014