Sensor-Cloud Architecture: A Taxonomy of Security Issues in Cloud-Assisted Sensor Networks

Ryan Alturki, Hasan Jumaili Alyamani, Mohammed Abdulaziz Ikram, Md Arafatur Rahman, Mohammad Dahman Alshehri, Fazlullah Khan, Muhammad Haleem

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9 Citations (Scopus)


The orchestration of cloud computing with wireless sensor network (WSN), termed as sensor-cloud, has recently gained remarkable attention from both academia and industry. It enhances the processing and storage capabilities of the resources-constrained sensor networks in various applications such as healthcare, habitat monitoring, battlefield surveillance, disaster management, etc. The diverse nature of sensor network applications processing and storage limitations on the sensor networks, which can be overcome through integrating them with the cloud paradigm. Sensor-cloud offers numerous benefits such as flexibility, scalability, collaboration, automation, virtualization with enhanced processing and storage capabilities. However, these networks suffer from limited bandwidth, resource optimization, reliability, load balancing, latency, and security threats. Therefore, it is essential to secure the sensor-cloud architecture from various security attacks to preserve its integrity. The main components of the sensor-cloud architecture which can be attacked are: (i) the sensor nodes; (ii) the communication medium; and (iii) the remote cloud architecture. Although security issues of these components are extensively studied in the existing literature; however, a detailed analysis of various security attacks on the sensor-cloud architecture is still required. The main objective of this research is to present state-of-the-art literature in the context of security issues of the sensor-cloud architecture along with their preventive measures. Moreover, several taxonomies of the security attacks from the sensor-cloud's architectural perspective and their innovative solutions are also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9451213
Pages (from-to)89344-89359
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet of Things
  • security
  • Sensor-cloud architecture
  • wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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