Device-oriented Keyword Searchable Encryption Scheme for Cloud-assisted Industrial IoT

Rang ZHOU, Xiaosong ZHANG*, Xiaofen WANG, Guowu YANG, Hong-Ning DAI, Mingzhe LIU

*Corresponding author for this work

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Massive physical devices are deployed in the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) to collect ambiance data while heavy storage and communication cost are imposed on these IoT devices. To overcome this constraint, cloud-assisted technologies are introduced to store and manage the collected data. In order to protect data quality and security, encryption is required before uploading data to remote clouds. Consequently, search function is added to cloud services to find the specific data. However, traditional data searching schemes are constructed in user-oriented systems, where the search function is mainly involved with the relationship between data and users rather than data and devices. As a result, traditional search schemes are not suitable to find special IoT devices. On the other hand, the status of these devices is described by many attributes, e.g., temperature, clean water storage, and machine speed in an early warning system for industrial sewage disposal equipment. Hence, multi-keyword conjunctive queries for partial attributes should be introduced so as to find the target device more accurately and more efficiently. To address these challenges, we propose a new universal device-oriented keyword searchable encryption scheme for cloud-assisted IoT in this paper. Furthermore, the functions of a single and conjunctive keyword search are maintained to handle the device search requirement of partial attributes. We conduct extensive experiments to evaluate the proposed scheme. Experimental results show that our scheme has excellent performance because of the lightweight index and query trapdoor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17098-17109
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number18
Early online date2 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2022

Bibliographical note

This work was supported in part by the National Key Research and Development Program under Grant 2018YFB08040505; in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 62102048, Grant U19A2066, and Grant U1833122; and in part by Sichuan Science and Technology Program No. 2020YFS0445.

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  • Searchable encryption
  • Multi-keyword
  • Cloud computing
  • Device-oriented
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Costs
  • Industrial Internet of Things.
  • Encryption
  • Indexes
  • Security
  • Servers


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