During the last years, the interest in nano-technologies and nanoscale communications significantly growth in several application domains, such as healthcare, bio-medicine, agro-food, industry, and military/defense. Nano-scale devices are able to interact with each others, with existing communication networks and, ultimately, with the Internet. As a result, the well-known Internet of Things paradigm is extending its functionalities at the nano-scale, thus paving the way for the revolutionary Internet of Nano-Things concept, which goes beyond the already diffused “smart things” towards real application of ‘smart nano-things‘”. In this context, many research initiatives are addressing the definition of efficient, secure, scalable, and reliable network architectures at the nano-scale. In order to provide a valuable step ahead of the current state of the art, the work presented herein investigates a novel methodology through which securing an Internet of Nano-Things architecture, by jointly offering the reliability of connected devices and the protection of transmitted data. From the communication perspective, the proposed approach leverages both molecular diffusion and electromagnetic-based communication schema. In such a hybrid approach, parameter settings and message exchange is properly devised to effectively achieve the aforementioned security services. Finally, the impact that security functionalities have on the performance of a reference Internet of Nano-Things scenario (i.e., expressed in terms of packet loss ratio, communication latencies, and message processing overhead) is evaluated through Nano-Sim and N3Sim tools.

Beyond the smart things: towards the definition and the performance assessment of a secure architecture for the Internet of Nano-Things

Sabrina Sicari
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Alessandra Rizzardi;Alberto Coen-Porisini;
2019-01-01

Abstract

During the last years, the interest in nano-technologies and nanoscale communications significantly growth in several application domains, such as healthcare, bio-medicine, agro-food, industry, and military/defense. Nano-scale devices are able to interact with each others, with existing communication networks and, ultimately, with the Internet. As a result, the well-known Internet of Things paradigm is extending its functionalities at the nano-scale, thus paving the way for the revolutionary Internet of Nano-Things concept, which goes beyond the already diffused “smart things” towards real application of ‘smart nano-things‘”. In this context, many research initiatives are addressing the definition of efficient, secure, scalable, and reliable network architectures at the nano-scale. In order to provide a valuable step ahead of the current state of the art, the work presented herein investigates a novel methodology through which securing an Internet of Nano-Things architecture, by jointly offering the reliability of connected devices and the protection of transmitted data. From the communication perspective, the proposed approach leverages both molecular diffusion and electromagnetic-based communication schema. In such a hybrid approach, parameter settings and message exchange is properly devised to effectively achieve the aforementioned security services. Finally, the impact that security functionalities have on the performance of a reference Internet of Nano-Things scenario (i.e., expressed in terms of packet loss ratio, communication latencies, and message processing overhead) is evaluated through Nano-Sim and N3Sim tools.
2019
Internet of Nano-Things, Nano-networks, Security
Sicari, Sabrina; Rizzardi, Alessandra; Piro, Guseppe; Coen-Porisini, Alberto; Alfredo Grieco, Luigi
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