Enhancing security and privacy of next-generation edge computing technologies

Matthew Hagan, Fahad Siddiqui, Sakir Sezer

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The advent of high performance fog and edge computing and high bandwidth connectivity has brought about changes to Internet-of-Things (IoT) service architectures, allowing for greater quantities of high quality information to
be extracted from their environments to be processed. However, recently introduced international regulations, along with heightened awareness among consumers, have strengthened requirements to ensure data security, with significant financial and reputational penalties for organisations who fail to protect customers’ data. This paper proposes the leveraging of fog and edge computing to facilitate processing of confidential user data, to reduce the quantity and availability of raw confidential data at various levels of the IoT architecture. This ultimately reduces attack surface area, however it also increases efficiency of the architecture by distributing processing amongst nodes and transmitting only processed data. However, such an approach
is vulnerable to device level attacks. To approach this issue, a proposed System Security Manager is used to continuously monitor system resources and ensure confidential data is confined only to parts of the device that require it. In event of an attack, critical data can be isolated and the system informed, to prevent
data confidentiality breach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 17th International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, PST 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781728132655
Publication statusPublished - 06 Jan 2020
EventPrivacy, Security and Trust - Fredericton Convention Centre, Fredericton, Canada
Duration: 26 Aug 201928 Aug 2019
Conference number: 17

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST)
ISSN (Electronic)2643-4202


ConferencePrivacy, Security and Trust
Abbreviated titlePST
Internet address


  • Edge Computing
  • Cloud to Edge
  • Edge Security
  • IoT
  • Embedded Systems
  • Cyber Resilience
  • Security Micro-architecture
  • Data Protection
  • Active Security
  • GDPR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • General Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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