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Title: Group-based secure communication for wireless sensor networks
Author: Kifayat, Kashif
ISNI:       0000 0001 3599 0532
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2008
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Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are a newly developed networking technology consisting of multifunctional sensor nodes that are small in size and communicate over short distances. Continuous growth in the use of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) in sensitive applications such as military or hostile environments and also generally has resulted m a requirement for effective security mechanisms in the system design In order to protect the sensitive data and the sensor readings, shared keys should be used to encrypt the exchanged messages between communicating nodes. Many key management schemes have been developed recently and a serious threat highlighted in all of these schemes is that of node capture attacks, where an adversary gains full control over a sensor node through direct physical access. This can lead an adversary to compromise the communication of an entire WSN. Additionally ignoring security issues related to data aggregation can also bring large damage to WSNs. Furthermore, in case an aggregator node, group leader or cluster head node fails there should be a secure and efficient way of electing or selecting a new aggregator or group leader node in order to avoid adversary node to be selected as a new group leader. A key management protocol for mobile sensor nodes is needed to enable them to securely communicate and authenticate with the rest of the WSN.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science ; QA76 Computer software