Object Authentication in the Context of the Internet of Things: A Survey


  • Maha Saadeh Middlesex University, Dubai, UAE https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0119-5623
  • Azzam Sleit Department of Computer Science, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • Khair Eddin Sabri Department of Computer Science, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8865-920X
  • Wesam Almobaideen Department of Computer Science, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan and Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai, UAE https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5752-9808




Internet of Things, Object authentication, Authentication challenges, Identity-based Cryptography, Smart-card authentication


Internet of Things (IoT) is considered as the future of the Internet that connects billions of objects all together. Trusted communication between these objects is a crucial requirement for the wide deployment of IoT services. Consequently, effective authentication procedures should be applied between the communicating objects. This paper provides a comprehensive survey of object authentication in the IoT. The survey aims to direct future researchers in the field of IoT object authentication by delving into the details of authentication schemes and going through different comparisons. Comparisons are based on various criteria which include authentication process characteristics, the underlying architecture, key generation and distribution techniques, supporting IoT challenges, security analysis, and performance evaluation. Additionally, this survey highlights the main issues and challenges of IoT objects authentication and recommends future research directions.


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Author Biographies

Maha Saadeh, Middlesex University, Dubai, UAE

Maha Saadeh received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Jordan in January 2018. She worked as a research and teaching assistant at the computer science department, The University of Jordan from September 2009 to September 2010. She is currently working with Middlesex University in Dubai, UAE. She has a number of publications in a number of local and international journals and conferences. Her research interests are wireless networks, network security, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Azzam Sleit, Department of Computer Science, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Azzam Sleit is the Former Minister of Information and Communications Technology (2013–2015). He is currently working as a Professor of Computer Science, King Abdulla II School for Information Technology, University of Jordan, where he functioned as the Dean (2015–2016) and the Assistant President/Director of the Computer Center (2007–2009). Dr. Sleit holds B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Wayne State University, Michigan. Dr. Sleit was the Chief Information Officer at Hamad Medical/Ministry of Public Health, Qatar. Before joining Hamad Medical, Dr. Sleit was the Vice President of Strategic Group & Director of Professional Services of Triada, USA, where he introduced the NGram Technology and Associative Memory Structures. Dr. Sleit authored more than one hundred refereed research papers related to Cloud Computing, Imaging Databases, Data Mining, Health and Management Information Systems and Software Engineering, published in reputable journals and conferences.

Khair Eddin Sabri, Department of Computer Science, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Khair Eddin Sabri is a professor in the Computer Science Department at The University of Jordan. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Applied Science University, Jordan in June 2001. He also received M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from The University of Jordan in January 2004 and a Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering from McMaster University, Ontario Canada in June 2010. He is a member of the Formal Requirements and Information Security Enhancement (FRAISE) Research Group. His main research interest is the formal verification and analysis of security properties.

Wesam Almobaideen, Department of Computer Science, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan and Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai, UAE

Wesam Almobaideen is a full professor of computer networks and security at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Dubai. He holds a B.Sc. in computer science from Muta’h University, Karak, Jordan, M.Sc. degree from The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, and a Ph.D. from Bologna University, Bologna, Italy. Before joining RIT-Dubai, he was chairperson of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Jordan for five years. He has also served as Director of the Computer Center for three years, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Director of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Office.

His research interests include Wireless Networks, Computer security and Cybersecurity, Internet of Things and cloud Computing. He has published more than 50 research papers in reputable conferences and journals and has supervised over 40 graduate master and doctorate level students.


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