Attribute-Based Encryption Scheme for Secure Multi-Group Data Sharing in Cloud


Most of the organizations using the cloud-based data sharing platforms are multi-group in nature. The existing directly revocable attribute-based encryption (ABE) schemes though seem to be a good fit, but they fail to provide any effective solution for secure multi-group data sharing scenarios. To bridge this gap, we first propose Revocable ABE with Verifiable Outsourced decryption (ReVO-ABE)- a directly revocable collusion-resistant ABE scheme that allows any number of user revocation and joining without affecting the secret membership keys of the nonrevoked users. Based on ReVO-ABE, we build a Dynamic Multi-Group Secure Data Sharing scheme called DMG-SDS. For operations that are exclusive to multi-groups like group merge and split can be performed without affecting the attribute secret keys or membership keys of the nonrevoked users, which is not possible with any of the existing schemes. Our proposed scheme meets the necessary security requirements, and the performance assessment shows that it has much better performance benefits when compared with most the recent competitive schemes.


Computer Science

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Center for High Performance Computing Research

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Intelligent Systems Center

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Early Access


Published online: 18 Nov 2020

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Access Control; Attribute-Based Encryption; Binary trees; Cloud; Companies; Data structures; Encryption; Merging; Resistance; Secure Group Data Sharing; Standards

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Publication Date

18 Nov 2020