Information Centric Networking (ICN) is a new network architecture that aims to overcome the weakness of existing IP-based networking architecture. Instead of establishing a connection between the communicating hosts, ICN focuses on the content, i.e., data, transmitted in network. Content copies in ICN can be cached at different locations. The content is out of its owner's control once it is published. Thus, enforcing access control policies on distributed content copies is crucial in ICN. Attribute-Based Encryption (ABE) is a feasible approach to enforce such control mechanisms in this environment. However, applying ABE in ICN faces two challenges: from management perspective, it is complicated to manage attributes in distributed manners; from privacy protection perspective, unlike in traditional networks, the enforced content access policies are public to all the ICN users. Thus, it is desirable that unauthorized content viewers are not able to retrieve the access policy. To this end, a privacy-preserving access control scheme for ICN and its corresponding attribute management solution are presented in this paper. The proposed approach is compatible with existing flat name based ICN architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-206
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Privacy
  • access control
  • attribute management
  • information centric networking
  • naming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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