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Quantum-Inspired Blockchain-Based Cybersecurity:Securing Smart Edge Utilities in IoT-Based Smart Cities - 2021

Quantum-Inspired Blockchain-Based Cybersecurity:Securing Smart Edge Utilities In IoT-Based Smart Cities

Research Area:  Internet of Things


Blockchain plays a vital task in cybersecurity. With the exerted efforts for realising large-scale quantum computers, most current cryptographic mechanisms may be hacked. Accordingly, we need a quantum tool utilised for designing blockchain frameworks to have the ability to be executed in the level of digital computers and resist the probable attacks from both digital and quantum computers. Quantum walks may be utilised as a quantum-inspired model for designing new cryptographic algorithms. In this paper, we present a new authentication and encryption protocol based on quantum-inspired quantum walks (QIQW). The proposed protocol is utilized to build a blockchain framework for secure data transmission among IoT devices. Instead of using classical cryptographic hash functions, quantum hash functions based on QIQW are employed for linking blocks of the chain. The main advantages of the presented framework are helping IoT nodes to effectively share their data with other nodes and full control of their records. Security analysis demonstrates that our proposed protocol can defend against message attack and impersonation attacks, thus ensuring secure transmission of data among IoT devices.


Author(s) Name:  Ahmed A. Abd El-Latif, Bassem Abd-El-Atty, Irfan Mehmood, Khan Muhammad,Salvador E. Venegas-Andraca,Jialiang Peng

Journal name:  Information Processing & Management

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Publisher name:  Elsevier

DOI:  10.1016/j.ipm.2021.102549

Volume Information:   Volume 58, Issue 4, July 2021, 102549