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Recent advances and trends in lightweight cryptography for IoT security

PUBLISHED March 17, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2303p1883219)



Nilupulee Gunathilake1 , Ahmed Al-Dubai1 , William Buchanan1
  1. Edinburgh Napier University

Conference / event

16th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM), November 2020 (Virtual)

Poster summary

Lightweight cryptography is a novel diversion from conventional cryptography to minimise its high level of resource requirements; thus, it would fit in the internet-of-things (IoT) environment. The IoT platform is constrained in terms of physical size and onboard memory capacities. However, provision of sufficient security is challenging because the existing cryptographic methods are heavy to adapt in the IoT. Consequently, an interest arose in the recent past to construct new cryptographic algorithms in a lightweight. There exists a lack of literature studies to offer overall and up-to-date knowledge on lightweight cryptography. Therefore, this effort is to bridge the areas in the subject by summarising the content we explored during our complete survey recently. This work contains the development of lightweight cryptographic algorithms, its current advancements and futuristic enhancements. Additionally, this covers the history, parametric limitations of the invented methods, research progresses of cryptology as well as cryptanalysis.


IoT, Lightweight cryptography, Lightweight cryptanalysis, Lightweight cryptology

Research areas

Mathematics, Computer and Information Science


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  1. School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University

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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
Data sharing not applicable to this poster as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study.
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Copyright © 2023 Gunathilake et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Gunathilake, N., Al-Dubai, A., Buchanan, W. Recent advances and trends in lightweight cryptography for IoT security [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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