A secured and intelligent communication scheme for IIoT-enabled pervasive edge computing

Fazlullah Khan, Mian Ahmad Jan*, Ateeq Ur Rehman, Spyridon Mastorakis, Mamoun Alazab, Paul Watters

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Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) ensures reliable and efficient data exchanges among the industrial processes using Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the cyber-physical systems. In the IIoT ecosystem, devices of industrial applications communicate with each other with little human intervention. They need to act intelligently to safeguard the data confidentiality and devices' authenticity. The ability to gather, process, and store real-time data depends on the quality of data, network connectivity, and processing capabilities of these devices. Pervasive Edge Computing (PEC) is gaining popularity nowadays due to the resource limitations imposed on the sensor-embedded IIoT devices. PEC processes the gathered data at the network edge to reduce the response time for these devices. However, PEC faces numerous research challenges in terms of secured communication, network connectivity, and resource utilization of the edge servers. To address these challenges, we propose a secured and intelligent communication scheme for PEC in an IIoT-enabled infrastructure. In the proposed scheme, forged identities of adversaries, i.e., Sybil devices, are detected by IIoT devices and shared with edge servers to prevent upstream transmission of their malicious data. Upon Sybil attack detection, each edge server executes a parallel Artificial Bee Colony (pABC) algorithm to perform optimal network configuration of IIoT devices. Each edge server performs the job migration to their neighboring servers for load balancing and better network performance, based on their processing and storage capabilities. The experimental results justify the efficiency of our proposed scheme in terms of Sybil attack detection, the convergence curves of our pABC algorithm, delay, throughput, and control overhead of data communication using PEC for IIoT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9259232
Pages (from-to)5128-5137
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm
  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • pervasive edge computing (PEC)
  • security


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