Provenance Location-based Authentication in Cloud Computing

Phornsawan Roemsri, Rattikorn Hewett

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Cloud computing will continue flourishing. Like any technology that is widely used and advancing with many benefits, it also comes with issues, some of which are unavoidable. Security is one of the major concerns for cloud computing. To protect user information leakages or system intrusion, the first simple step is to make sure that only legitimate users can access the computing resources. This makes user authentication an important safeguard. There are many approaches to authentication for users in the cloud environments. The password-based authentication is one such technique that is old but is still in use because it is simple. Unfortunately, it is also vulnerable for attack. To alleviate this drawback, recent research has applied provenance to authentication but most do not deal with location. Using a location as part of authentication increasingly becomes necessary, as mobile and wearable technology become a big part of our daily life. This paper presents a new approach to authentication on cloud computing environments. The approach uses data provenance as well as a location of user request. The paper describes the approach, illustrates its use in use case scenarios, and compares its performance with that of the machine-learning model. Using a data synthesized from simulated authentication system, it is shown that the decision tree model has an average of 83.5% accuracy while ours, by relying on theoretical ground, results in 100% accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Advances in Information Technology, IAIT 2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377591
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020
Event11th International Conference on Advances in Information Technology, IAIT 2020 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: Jul 1 2020Jul 3 2020

Publication series

NamePervasiveHealth: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
ISSN (Print)2153-1633


Conference11th International Conference on Advances in Information Technology, IAIT 2020


  • Provenance
  • authentication
  • cloud computing
  • location-based


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