Visible to the public Edge and Fog Computing in Critical Infrastructures: Analysis, Security Threats, and Research Challenges

TitleEdge and Fog Computing in Critical Infrastructures: Analysis, Security Threats, and Research Challenges
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsTedeschi, Pietro, Sciancalepore, Savio
Conference Name2019 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS PW)
Date Publishedjun
KeywordsAirports, CI, cloud computing, communication technologies, critical infrastructures, edge computing, FMEC solutions, Fog Computing, Fog Computing and Security, gas extraction field, general security requirements, Internet of Things, IoT devices, multiaccess edge computing paradigms, natural gas technology, offshore installations, oil technology, pubcrawl, Resiliency, Scalability, sea ports, security, security issues, security of data, security threats, smart airport, smart offshore oil, smart port, while broad scenarios

The increasing integration of information and communication technologies has undoubtedly boosted the efficiency of Critical Infrastructures (CI). However, the first wave of IoT devices, together with the management of enormous amount of data generated by modern CIs, has created serious architectural issues. While the emerging Fog and Multi-Access Edge Computing (FMEC) paradigms can provide a viable solution, they also bring inherent security issues, that can cause dire consequences in the context of CIs. In this paper, we analyze the applications of FMEC solutions in the context of CIs, with a specific focus on related security issues and threats for the specific while broad scenarios: a smart airport, a smart port, and a smart offshore oil and gas extraction field. Leveraging these scenarios, a set of general security requirements for FMEC is derived, together with crucial research challenges whose further investigation is cornerstone for a successful adoption of FMEC in CIs.

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