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P. Ranaweera, A. D. Jurcut and M. Liyanage, "Survey on Multi-Access Edge Computing Security and Privacy," in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 1078-1124, Secondquarter 2021, doi: 10.1109/COMST.2021.3062546

Survey on multi-access edge computing security and privacy

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Author: Ranaweera, Pasika1; Jurcut, Anca Delia2; Liyanage, Madhusanka1,3
Organizations: 1School of Computer Science, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
2University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
3Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-03-15


The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has introduced the paradigm of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) to enable efficient and fast data processing in mobile networks. Among other technological requirements, security and privacy are significant factors in the realization of MEC deployments. In this paper, we analyse the security and privacy of the MEC system. We introduce a thorough investigation of the identification and the analysis of threat vectors in the ETSI standardized MEC architecture. Furthermore, we analyse the vulnerabilities leading to the identified threat vectors and propose potential security solutions to overcome these vulnerabilities. The privacy issues of MEC are also highlighted, and clear objectives for preserving privacy are defined. Finally, we present future directives to enhance the security and privacy of MEC services.

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Series: IEEE communications surveys and tutorials
ISSN: 1553-877X
ISSN-E: 2373-745X
ISSN-L: 1553-877X
Volume: 23
Issue: 1
Pages: 1078 - 1124
DOI: 10.1109/COMST.2021.3062546
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research is funded by the European Union under RESPONSE 5G (Grant No: 789658) and the Academy o fFinland under 6Genesis Flagship (Grant 318927) projects.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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