A trust-evaluation-enhanced blockchain-secured industrial iot system

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Abstract

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), allowing direct wireless communications between industrial machines and people, is the key component of Industry 4.0. By grouping several IIoT devices (IIoT-Ds) into IIoT groups (IIoT-Gs), the IIoT-Ds within one group can share information and deter malicious users from accessing the network by modifying the access control list (ACL) in IIoT-Ds. In an IIoT-G, several IIoT-Ds jointly manage the access control of IIoT sensors. The security of ACL is protected by blockchains deployed in IIoT-Ds. Even secured by blockchains, a blockchain-based IIoT-G (B-IIoT-G) still cannot secure correct access control in a system with more than half of the blockchain-based IIoT-Ds (B-IIoT-Ds) from spreading wrong authorization information. In this article, we propose a B-IIoT-G with trust evaluation for each B-IIoT-D to evaluate the weight in voting for final decisions of authorization. By designing a new voting mechanism with trust evaluation for the access control in B-IIoT-G, the system has a higher probability of making correct authorization even with malicious B-IIoT-Ds. Simulation results have demonstrated that the mechanism with trust evaluation can still make, with a high probability, correct authorization even with more than half of the B-IIoT-Ds in B-IIoT-G being malicious.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9222063
Pages (from-to)5510-5517
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Access control
  • blockchain
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)
  • trust evaluation
  • voting mechanism

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