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Enhancing Security of Cellular IoT with Identity Federation

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This paper presents a Cellular Identity Federation solution which both strengthens and simplifies the authentication of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications by providing single sign-on between the network layer and IoT applications. They are hence relieved of the burden of authentication and identity management, which could be both technically and economically challenging. The paper aims at clarifying how IoT authentication can be skipped without compromising security. The proposed solution is described thoroughly, and the authentication process is depicted step by step. Last but not least is the comprehensive description of the proof-of-concept which shows the feasibility of the Cellular Identity Federation.

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    The Secure 5G4IoT lab results from the collaboration between OsloMet, Telenor and Wolffia within the scope of H2020 Concordia project:


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This paper is a result of the H2020 Concordia project ( which has received funding from the EU H2020 programme under grant agreement No. 830927. The CONCORDIA consortium includes 23 partners from industry and other organizations such as Telenor, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Ericsson, Siemens, BMW, Airbus, etc. and 23 partners from academia such as CODE, university of Twente, OsloMet, etc.

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Santos, B., Dzogovic, B., Feng, B., Do, V.T., Jacot, N., Van Do, T. (2020). Enhancing Security of Cellular IoT with Identity Federation. In: Barolli, L., Nishino, H., Miwa, H. (eds) Advances in Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems. INCoS 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1035. Springer, Cham.

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