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Enhanced Security for Public Cloud Storage with Honey Encryption

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Recently, the cloud technologies have become a cost-effective data solution among the individuals, government agencies and corporates. However, there is a rising concern on its security. While recent cloud solutions focus on the password-based cryptography, in which a secret key is derived from user’s password, password-based authentication cannot efficiently withstand to password-based attack such as brute-force and dictionary attacks. First, this paper reviews the attack models and security defenses mechanisms of existing public cloud service providers. Subsequently, this paper extends the Honey Encryption scheme to enhance the file storage security on the public cloud computing. The Honey Encryption provides the encrypted data an additional protection layer by providing fake data in response to every incorrect guess on the user’s password. These fake data resemble the actual data and indistinguishable from the attacker’s perspective, therefore hardening the complexity of password guessing.
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Keywords: Brute-Force Attack; Honey Encryption; Password-Based Encryption; Secure Cloud

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Computer Sciences, Unversiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, 11800, Malaysia

Publication date: May 1, 2017

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