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MoteSec-Aware: A Practical Secure Mechanism for Wireless Sensor Networks

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3 Author(s)
Yao-Tung Tsou ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei, Taiwan ; Chun-Shien Lu ; Sy-Yen Kuo

Ensuring the security of communication and access control in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is of paramount importance. In this paper, we present a security mechanism, MoteSec-Aware, built on the network layer for WSNs with focus on secure network protocol and data access control. In the secure network protocol of MoteSec-Aware, a Virtual Counter Manager (VCM) with a synchronized incremental counter is presented to detect the replay and jamming attacks based on the symmetric key cryptography using AES in OCB mode. For access control, we investigate the Key-Lock Matching (KLM) method to prevent unauthorized access. We implement MoteSec-Aware for the TelosB prototype sensor platform running TinyOS 1.1.15, and conduct field experiments and TOSSIM-based simulations to evaluate the performance of MoteSec-Aware. The results demonstrate that MoteSec-Aware consumes much less energy, yet achieves higher security than several state-of-the-art methods.

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Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 6 )