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A blockchain-based IoT trust model

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posted on 23.05.2021, 12:59 by Sarah Asiri
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a heterogeneous network of interconnected objects or ‘things’ that are typically connected via the Internet. Trust in most IoT networks is presumed implicitly. This implicit trust assumption can be abused by adversaries to disrupt the network and manipulate reputations of trusted devices. To tackle IoT trust issues, we use permissioned blockchains that utilize Smart Contracts (executable policies) to evaluate and refine IoT devices’ trust. Blockchains replicate a permanent append-only record of all transactions occurring on a network on multiple devices. This prevents adversaries from modifying previous transactions to influence trust evaluations. In this thesis, we propose an IoT trust model that uses Blockchains to record and validate IoT devices’ identities and dynamically evaluates the trustworthiness of devices in the IoT network. Moreover, our model allows for different levels of security based on the sensitivity of data being transmitted across the IoT network.





Master of Science


Computer Science

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


Thesis Advisor

Ali Miri