Document Type

Working Paper

Date

2004

Embargo Period

11-2011

Keywords

computer science, wireless sensor networks, encryption, deployment knowledge, key management

Language

English

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Description/Abstract

To achieve security in wireless sensor networks, it is important to be able to encrypt messages sent among sensor nodes. Keys for encryption purposes must be agreed upon by communicating nodes. Due to resource constraints, achieving such key agreement in wireless sensor networks is non-trivial. Many key agreement schemes used in general networks, such as Diffie-Hellman and public-key based schemes, are not suitable for wireless sensor networks. Pre-distribution of secret keys for all pairs of nodes is not viable due to the large amount of memory used when the network size is large. Recently, a random key predistribution scheme and its improvements have been proposed.

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