Sensor-Cloud Architecture: A Taxonomy of Security Issues in Cloud-Assisted Sensor Networks

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Journal Article
IEEE Access, 2021, 9, pp. 89344-89359
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The orchestration of cloud computing with wireless sensor network (WSN), termed as sensor-cloud, has recently gained remarkable attention from both academia and industry. It enhances the processing and storage capabilities of the resources-constrained sensor networks in various applications such as healthcare, habitat monitoring, battlefield surveillance, disaster management, etc. The diverse nature of sensor network applications processing and storage limitations on the sensor networks, which can be overcome through integrating them with the cloud paradigm. Sensor-cloud offers numerous benefits such as flexibility, scalability, collaboration, automation, virtualization with enhanced processing and storage capabilities. However, these networks suffer from limited bandwidth, resource optimization, reliability, load balancing, latency, and security threats. Therefore, it is essential to secure the sensor-cloud architecture from various security attacks to preserve its integrity. The main components of the sensor-cloud architecture which can be attacked are: (i) the sensor nodes; (ii) the communication medium; and (iii) the remote cloud architecture. Although security issues of these components are extensively studied in the existing literature; however, a detailed analysis of various security attacks on the sensor-cloud architecture is still required. The main objective of this research is to present state-of-the-art literature in the context of security issues of the sensor-cloud architecture along with their preventive measures. Moreover, several taxonomies of the security attacks from the sensor-cloud's architectural perspective and their innovative solutions are also provided.
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