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User-controlled cyber-security using automated key generation

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posted on 2020-07-22, 09:20 authored by Halima Shnishah
Traditionally, several different methods are fully capable of providing an adequate degree of security to the threats and attacks that exists for revealing different keys. Though almost all the traditional methods give a good level of immunity to any possible breach in security keys, the biggest issue that exist with these methods is the dependency over third-party applications. Therefore, use of third-party applications is not an acceptable method to be used by high-security applications. For high-security applications, it is more secure that the key generation process is in the hands of the end users rather than a third-party. Giving access to third parties for high-security applications can also make the applications more venerable to data theft, security breach or even a loss in their integrity. In this research, the evolutionary computing tool Eureqa is used for the generation of encryption keys obtained by modelling pseudo-random input data. Previous approaches using this tool have required a calculation time too long for practical use and addressing this drawback is the main focus of the research. The work proposes a number of new approaches to the generation of secret keys for the encryption and decryption of data files and they are compared in their ability to operate in a secure manner using a range of statistical tests and in their ability to reduce calculation time using realistic practical assessments. A number of common tests of performance are the throughput, chi-square, histogram, time for encryption and decryption, key sensitivity and entropy analysis. From the results of the statistical tests, it can be concluded that the proposed data encryption and decryption algorithms are both reliable and secure. Being both reliable and secure eliminates the need for the dependency over third-party applications for the security keys. It also takes less time for the users to generate highly secure keys compared to the previously known techniques.The keys generated via Eureqa also have great potential to be adapted to data communication applications which require high security.



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A doctoral thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.


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David Mulvaney

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  • Doctoral