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An Efficient Framework for Enhancing User Authentication in Cloud Storage Using Digital Watermark

Abderrahim Abdellaoui(1*), Younes Idrissi Khamlichi(2), Habiba Chaoui(3)

(1) Systems Engineering Laboratory, Data Analysis and Security Team, National School of Applied Sciences, Campus Universitaire, B.P 241, 14000, Kénitra,Ibn Tofail University, Morocco
(2) IR2M laboratory, UH1 University, National School of Applied Sciences, khouribga, Morocco, National School of Applied Sciences , UH1 University, Morocco
(3) Systems Engineering Laboratory, Data Analysis and Security Team, National School of Applied Sciences, Campus Universitaire, B.P 241, 14000, Kénitra, Ibn Tofail University, Morocco
(*) Corresponding author



Security issues in cloud computing is one of the major reasons in slowing down its adoption by businesses and among these issues: weak user authentication. In fact, the use of text password is still relatively widespread, especially, for authentication in a cloud environment. Therefore, numerous approaches have been proposed to overcome this problem such as graphical passwords, biometric scans and 3D password objects. In this paper, we propose a cloud-based two-factor authentication framework called Two Levels Authentication Cloud (2LAC). The framework uses an image and a secret watermark as factors of authentication. Experimental results illustrate that 2LAC offers an efficient mechanism for enhancing user authentication in the cloud environment and can eliminate common types of attacks.
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Cloud Computing; Security; Watermark; Multi-Factor Authentication; Steganography

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