An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for wireless sensor networks

Walid Abdallah, Noureddine Boudriga, Daehee Kim, Sunshin An

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Abstract

A major issue to secure wireless sensor networks is key distribution. Current key distribution schemes are not fully adapted to the tiny, low-cost, and fragile sensors with limited computation capability, reduced memory size, and battery-based power supply. This paper investigates the design of an efficient key distribution and management scheme for wireless sensor networks. The proposed scheme can ensure the generation and distribution of different encryption keys intended to secure individual and group communications. This is performed based on elliptic curve public key encryption using Diffie-Hellman like key exchange and secret sharing techniques that are applied at different levels of the network topology. This scheme is more efficient and less complex than existing approaches, due to the reduced communication and processing overheads required to accomplish key exchange. Furthermore, few keys with reduced sizes are managed in sensor nodes which optimizes memory usage, and enhances scalability to large size networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology
Subtitle of host publicationContent Centric Network Innovation!, ICACT 2014 - Proceeding
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages687-692
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9788996865032
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event16th International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology: Content Centric Network Innovation!, ICACT 2014 - PyeongChang, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2014 Feb 162014 Feb 19

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT
ISSN (Print)1738-9445

Other

Other16th International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology: Content Centric Network Innovation!, ICACT 2014
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityPyeongChang
Period14/2/1614/2/19

Keywords

  • Elliptic curve cryptography
  • Key management
  • Security
  • Wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Abdallah, W., Boudriga, N., Kim, D., & An, S. (2014). An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for wireless sensor networks. In 16th International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology: Content Centric Network Innovation!, ICACT 2014 - Proceeding (pp. 687-692). [6779051] (International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICACT.2014.6779051