Fundamental Limits of Caching with Secure Delivery

Avik Sengupta, Ravi Tandon, T. Charles Clancy

Caching is emerging as a vital tool for alleviating the severe capacity crunch in modern content-centric wireless networks. The main idea behind caching is to store parts of popular content in end-users' memory and leverage the locally stored content to reduce peak data rates. By jointly designing content placement and delivery mechanisms, recent works have shown order-wise reduction in transmission rates in contrast to traditional methods. In this work, we consider the secure caching problem with the additional goal of minimizing information leakage to an external wiretapper. The fundamental cache memory vs. transmission rate trade-off for the secure caching problem is characterized. Rather surprisingly, these results show that security can be introduced at a negligible cost, particularly for large number of files and users. It is also shown that the rate achieved by the proposed caching scheme with secure delivery is within a constant multiplicative factor from the information-theoretic optimal rate for almost all parameter values of practical interest.

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