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WSN Security

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Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)

Abstract

The ubiquitous nature of WSN applications and their access to confidential information, either sensed directly or gained from their environments, makes them attractive targets for unscrupulous individuals to subvert, in an attempt to gain access to the WSNs and/or disrupt the interactions of users with both the networks and subsequently with their environment. Consequently, providing effective security is crucial for the successful adoption and operation of WSNs. We cannot deploy such a critical technology without first addressing the security and privacy challenges to ensure that it does not compromise those whom it is meant to benefit. This chapter provides a general review and categorization of the fundamental security primitives required to establish secure WSNs. The ZigBee security service is introduced as an example. The chapter then discusses Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and defences, focusing on the threat of a DoS attack on a WSN. A framework for increasing the resistance of WSNs to remote DoS threats is introduced, implemented, and evaluated using a WSN based home automation as a case study.

Keywords

Security Denial of service (DoS) attack 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LoughboroughLoughboroughUK

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