Perspective steganographic solutions and their application
Authors: S. Toliupa, A. Romanova
Affiliation: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, the Faculty of Information Technology, Information Security Management
Keywords: applications. cryptography. security. Stenography
ABSTRACT. Nowadays, as the role of information technologies in our lives is growing and growing with every passing minute, there is no question about the fact that information security measures are an issue of the highest importance. It would not be wrong to say that there is no ‘zero-day threat’ anymore; it is more like ‘a threat of a zero second’. Every modern technology automatically causes several new vulnerabilities and threats to come to existence, which, on its part, makes security specialists work their best to counter such efforts. Thus, there are quite a lot of information security solutions at hand already. Cryptography is doubtlessly one of the most effective, developed and approbated methods to be used when it comes to the protection of information resources. Nevertheless, it might be more effective to hide the communication channel itself instead of making unreadable the information within it. The practice of concealing data within text- or media-file is called steganography and has its roots deep in the history of the humankind. A considerable number of steganographic methods are well-known and implemented in various steganosystems and applications. There are some methods of information concealment, though, that receive the attention not so much. The reasons of such lack of popularity can differ depending on specific solutions: their complexity for one, low cost-effectiveness of their realization for another. In any instance, they are either poorly described or are not widely used regardless of their perspectiveness. The purpose of this article is to conduct an analysis and suggest possible practical use of steganographic solutions that are known and can be applied to a variety of information security systems, and yet lack either theoretical basis or practical application.
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