An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for Wireless Sensor Networks

Walid Abdallah, Noureddine Boudriga, Daehee Kim, Sun-Shin An

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Abstract

A major issue in many applications of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is ensuring security. Particularly, in military applications, sensors are usually deployed in hostile areas where they can be easily captured and operated by an adversary. Most of security attacks in WSNs are due to the lack of security guaranties in terms of authentication, integrity, and confidentiality. These services are often provided using cryptographic primitives where sensor nodes need to agree on a set of secret keys. Current key distribution schemes are not fully adapted to the tiny, low-cost, and fragile nature of sensors that are equipped 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 that is applied at different levels of the network topology. In addition, a re-keying procedure is performed using secret sharing techniques. This scheme is more efficient and less complex than existing approaches, due to the reduced number of messages and the less processing overhead required to accomplish key exchange. Furthermore, few number of encryption 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 publicationInternational Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages480-493
Number of pages14
Volume2015-August
ISBN (Print)9788996865056, 9788996865056, 9788996865056
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 25
Event17th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Communications Technology, ICACT 2015 - PyeonhChang, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2015 Jul 12015 Jul 3

Other

Other17th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Communications Technology, ICACT 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityPyeonhChang
Period15/7/115/7/3

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Cryptography
Wireless sensor networks
Sensor nodes
Data storage equipment
Military applications
Sensors
Authentication
Scalability
Topology
Communication
Processing
Costs

Keywords

  • Elliptic curve cryptography
  • Key distribution and management
  • Security
  • threshold secret sharing
  • Wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Abdallah, W., Boudriga, N., Kim, D., & An, S-S. (2015). An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for Wireless Sensor Networks. In International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT (Vol. 2015-August, pp. 480-493). [7224913] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICACT.2015.7224913

An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for Wireless Sensor Networks. / Abdallah, Walid; Boudriga, Noureddine; Kim, Daehee; An, Sun-Shin.

International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT. Vol. 2015-August Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. p. 480-493 7224913.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abdallah, W, Boudriga, N, Kim, D & An, S-S 2015, An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for Wireless Sensor Networks. in International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT. vol. 2015-August, 7224913, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 480-493, 17th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Communications Technology, ICACT 2015, PyeonhChang, Korea, Republic of, 15/7/1. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICACT.2015.7224913
Abdallah W, Boudriga N, Kim D, An S-S. An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for Wireless Sensor Networks. In International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT. Vol. 2015-August. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2015. p. 480-493. 7224913 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICACT.2015.7224913
Abdallah, Walid ; Boudriga, Noureddine ; Kim, Daehee ; An, Sun-Shin. / An efficient and scalable key management mechanism for Wireless Sensor Networks. International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT. Vol. 2015-August Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. pp. 480-493
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