Blockchain for the IoT: Privacy-Preserving Protection of Sensor Data

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract A constantly growing pool of smart, connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices poses completely new challenges for business regarding security and privacy. In fact, the widespread adoption of smart products might depend on the ability of organizations to offer systems that ensure adequate sensor data integrity while guaranteeing sufficient user privacy. In light of these challenges, previous research indicates that blockchain technology may be a promising means to mitigate issues of data security arising in the IoT. Building upon the existing body of knowledge, we propose a design theory, including requirements, design principles, and features, for a blockchain-based sensor data protection system (SDPS) that leverages data certification. We then design and develop an instantiation of an SDPS (CertifiCar) in three iterative cycles that prevents the fraudulent manipulation of car mileage data. Furthermore, we provide an ex-post evaluation of our design theory considering CertifiCar and two additional use cases in the realm of pharmaceutical supply chains and energy microgrids. The evaluation results suggest that the proposed design ensures the tamper-resistant gathering, processing, and exchange of IoT sensor data in a privacy-preserving, scalable, and efficient manner.
Authors Chanson, Mathieu; Bogner, Andreas; Bilgeri, Dominik; Fleisch, Elgar & Wortmann, Felix
Journal or Publication Title Journal of the Association for Information Systems
Language English
Keywords Internet of Things, Big Data, Privacy, Security, Blockchain, Certification, Design Science Research, Design Theory
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Publisher Assoc. of Information Systems
Volume Vol. 20, Issue 9
Number Article 10
Page Range 1271-1307
ISSN 1536-9323
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.17705/1jais.00567
Depositing User Elisabeth Vetsch
Date Deposited 12 Mar 2020 12:01
Last Modified 29 Sep 2022 00:31
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/259708

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Chanson, Mathieu; Bogner, Andreas; Bilgeri, Dominik; Fleisch, Elgar & Wortmann, Felix Blockchain for the IoT: Privacy-Preserving Protection of Sensor Data. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 20, Issue 9 (Article 10). 1271-1307. ISSN 1536-9323

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