Electronic Regulation of Data Sharing and Processing Using Smart Ledger Technologies for Supply-Chain Security


Traditional centralized data storage and processing solutions manifest limitations with regards to overall operational cost and the security and auditability of data. One of the biggest issues with existing solutions is the difficulty of keeping track of who has had access to the data and how the data may have changed over its lifetime; while providing a secure and easy-to-use mechanism to share the data between different users. The ability to electronically regulate data sharing within and across different organizational entities in the supply chain (SC) is an open issue that is only addressed partially by existing legal and regulatory compliance frameworks. In this article, we present Cydon, a decentralized data management platform that executes bespoke distributed applications utilizing a novel search and retrieve algorithm leveraging metadata attributes. Cydon utilizes a smart distributed ledger to offer an immutable audit trail and transaction history for all different levels of data access and modification within a SC and for all data flows within the environment. Results suggest that Cydon provides authorized and fast access to secure distributed data, avoids single points of failure by securely distributing encrypted data across different nodes while maintains an “always-on” chain of custody.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2020.2965991
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Research Centre
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Blockchain,docker,hyperledger,smart contracts,supply chain
Publication ISSN: 0018-9391
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 07:34
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2023 08:48
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Published Date: 2020-11
Published Online Date: 2020-01-28
Authors: Epiphaniou, Gregory
Pillai, Prashant
Bottarelli, Mirko
Al-Khateeb, Haider (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8944-123X)
Hammoudesh, Mohammad
Maple, Carsten



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