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Secure and Robust Cryptographic Authentication Framework for PKI-based IoT Blockchain Infrastructure. Description: The aim of this project is to propose, design, develop and further implement a remote user authentication framework for an integrated Blockchain and IoT infrastructure. Project is divided into various phases: Phase-I covers detailed and discreet level of literature review and further analysis of various PKI based authentication protocols for Blockchain. Further it reviews various authentication protocols that securely integrates Blockchain with IoT infrastructure. Phase-II further perform a much narrowed and targeted study in order to normalize and identify existing authentication vulnerabilities and security issues within the reviews performed in Phase-I. Phase-III involves proposing more secure and robust authentication framework comprises of several authentication phases covering every aspect of the existing PKI-based IoT Blockchain Infrastructure. Phase-IV covers the design and development of several cryptographic authentication protocols based on the proposed authentication framework. Phase-V discusses the implementation and simulative testing of the designed and developed authentication protocols using authentication protocols validation and verification tools and authentication logics. Phase-VI discusses the Security and Performance analysis of the work along with analysing and comparing the proposed and developed work with the existing studies. This phase further utilize various multicriteria decision analysis models to logically compare the security and performance of the proposed study with the existing and previous studies. Phase-VII covers the final outcome, justification and contribution of the study within its respective domain of Cybersecurity.


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Personal profile


Dr. Zeeshan Siddiqui is currently working as a Faculty Member in Cyber Security with the University of the West of Scotland, UK. He is a Full Fellow of Advance HE (HEA), UK. He is specialized in Remote User Digital Authentication and Security, Command and Control Critical Systems (C2/C3/C4I), Enterprise Architectures Middleware, and Cloud Computing Remote User Authentication. He is a member IEEE (UK), member of the American Association of Science and Technology and the IBM Academic Initiative. He is also a Reviewer of IJEIS, IJSEKE, IJSCN, IJCEN, and other ISI/SCI-E Journals. He is an editor of several international journals.

External positions

External Examiner, Kingston University London

1 Oct 201930 Sep 2021

Visiting Faculty, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhuto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST)

1 Jun 2017 → …


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Information Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Authentication
  • Semantic Web
  • U Military Science (General)
  • Command and Control (C2) System
  • C4I Systems

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Research Output

  • 7 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Paper

Three-way security framework for cloud based IoT network

Zeeshan, N., Reed, M. & Siddiqui, D. Z., 26 Dec 2019, 2019 International Conference on Computing, Electronics & Communications Engineering (iCCECE). Miraz, M. H., Excell, P. S., Ware, A., Soomro, S. & Ali, M. (eds.). IEEE, p. 183-186 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
  • 71 Downloads (Pure)

    Security analysis of smartphone and cloud computing authentication frameworks and protocols

    Siddiqui, Z., Tayan, O. & Khan, M. K., 7 Jun 2018, In : IEEE Access. 6, p. 34527-34542 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    A secure framework for digital Quran certification

    Khan, M. K., Siddiqui, Z. & Tayan, O., 30 Mar 2017, 2017 IEEE Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE). Pescador, F., Lee, J-H. & Sánchez, D. D. (eds.). IEEE, p. 59-60 2 p. (IEEE Conference Proceedings).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    14 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access

    Cryptanalysis and improvement of ‘a secure authentication scheme for telecare medical information system’ with nonce verification

    Siddiqui, D. Z., Khan, M. K., Abdullah, A. H. & Alghamdi, A., 23 May 2015, In : Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications. 9, 5, p. 841-853 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Membership of network
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Kingston University London

    Zeeshan Siddiqui (Visiting researcher)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (External organisation)

    Zeeshan Siddiqui (Chair)

    2016 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network