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A Secure Lightweight Architecture for Wireless Sensor Networks


Collins, M and Dobson, S and Nixon, Paddy, A Secure Lightweight Architecture for Wireless Sensor Networks, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services and Technologies (UBICOMM) 2008 conference, 29 September-4 October 2008, Valencia, Spain, pp. 349-355 . ISBN 978-0-7695-3367-4 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: doi:10.1109/UBICOMM.2008.65


The adoption and widespread deployment of wireless sensor networks means that security issues are of critical concern. To date, much research has focused on the usability of these networks in a variety of environments where conventional wired networks may not be feasible. However, less emphasis was placed on the security issues of employing a sensor network and its exposure to potential threats. Due to the severe physical constraints in sensor nodes, traditional cryptographic mechanisms are not suitable to deal with such potential security threats. This paper proposes a secure lightweight architecture that takes account of the constraints of sensor networks. With the use of a base station, a hierarchical network topology is formed that enables end-to-end communication between sensor nodes with the aid of intermediary nodes where necessary. The architecture also supports the detection and isolation of aberrant nodes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Human-centred computing
Research Field:Pervasive computing
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Communication technologies, systems and services
Objective Field:Mobile technologies and communications
UTAS Author:Nixon, Paddy (Professor Paddy Nixon)
ID Code:69498
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-04-20
Last Modified:2015-03-24

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