Date of Award

Spring 2021

Access Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering


Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering

Committee Chair

Laxima Niure Kandel

First Committee Member

Houbing Song

Second Committee Member

Shafagh Jafer


Many research projects are too complex to yield the efforts of a single investigator and require a coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams across universities and industries. The research data, documents, experimental testbeds, high-end computing equipment, etc. is a critical component of any large-scale project and hence the cooperation and resource sharing across universities become very important for timely and budget-friendly execution of these projects. However, it is extremely challenging to frequently and effectively access data and other resources across universities without creating new identities for the users. In this thesis, we propose Federated Identity Management (FIM) approach for facilitating secure resource sharing among collaborating associates without creating new identities. We provide a comprehensive literature survey of identity and access management and discuss the privacy issues associated with identity management that can be addressed using FIM. We also provide a comprehensive overview and security features of the OAuth 2.0 framework which is an industry-standard protocol for authorization and user management used by FIM. The proposed scheme can be generalized and used by the student users to access academic libraries and recreate research results easily and securely.

Keyword: federated identity management, OAuth 2.0, cloud computing, identity management, cloud identity, federated cloud identity broker, privacy, protocol.