A New Scalable Mutual Authentication in Fog-Edge Drone Swarm Environment

Kyusuk Han, Eiman Al Nuaimi, Shamma Al Blooshi, Rafail Psiakis, Chan Yeob Yeun

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A drone swarm is a preferable way in deploying drones for large-scale missions. In establishing drone swarms, secure communication between a fog drone and several edge drones is essential to mutually authenticate each other. Although many research works proposed the designs of mutual authentications, none of them meets the adequate security for the drone swarm environments, requiring either involvement of the ground station during the authentication process or expensive PKI-based crypto operations. Only a few works proposed more lightweight authentication, however, they are still vulnerable to key compromises in addition to the limited flexibility and scalability. In this work, we propose an efficient and scalable authentication protocol for fog-edge drone swarm environments, enabling mutual authentication between fog and edges without involving the ground station. We also show the design can leverage various hardware-assisted security functions. Protocol evaluations show security requirements satisfaction while achieving 14–20 times less computation overhead as compared to PKI-based models.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationInformation Security Practice and Experience - 17th International Conference, ISPEC 2022, Proceedings
EditorsChunhua Su, Dimitris Gritzalis, Vincenzo Piuri
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783031212796
StatePublished - 2022
Event17th International Conference on Information Security Practice and Experience, ISPEC 2022 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 23 Nov 202225 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13620 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th International Conference on Information Security Practice and Experience, ISPEC 2022
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • Authentication
  • Drone Swarm
  • Fog-Edge
  • PUF
  • UAV


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