A framework for partial secrecy

Paul Cuff

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We consider theoretical limits of partial secrecy in a setting where an eavesdropper attempts to causally reconstruct an information sequence with low distortion based on an intercepted transmission and the past of the sequence. The transmitter and receiver have limited secret key at their disposal but not enough to establish perfect secrecy with a one-time pad. From another viewpoint, the eavesdropper is acting as an adversary, competing in a zero-sum repeated game against the sender and receiver of the secrecy system. In this case, the information sequence represents a sequence of actions, and the distortion function captures the payoff of the game. We give an information theoretic region expressing the tradeoff between secret key rate and max-min distortion for the eavesdropper.We also simplify this characterization to a linear program. As an example, we discuss how to optimally use secret key to hide Bernoulli-p bits from an eavesdropper so that they incur maximal Hamming distortion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781424456383
StatePublished - 2010
Event53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2010Dec 10 2010

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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