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Security in Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks -A Survey

Yi Ren1, Vladimir Oleshchuk1, Frank Y. Li1, and Xiaohu Ge2
1. Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Agder (UiA), Grimstad, Norway
2. Department of Electronics and Information Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Abstract— Thanks to recent advances in robotics, sensors and wireless communications, it is feasible to develop a variety of new architectures for Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks (MWSNs) that play an important role in var¬ious applications such as battlefield surveillance, harbor monitoring, etc. However, due to the dynamic of mobile network topology in MWSNs, many new security challenges have emerged. In this article, we give a survey on the state of the art technologies in security aspects of MWSNs. We review existing work that provides security in MWSNs, with an emphasis on data survival, forward secrecy, backward secrecy, authentication, and methods for sensor capture detection. Furthermore, in order to stimulate the exploration of new research areas, we point out a few open research topics that can be further pursued, and also shed light on these topics.

Index Terms— Security; Mobile Wireless Sensor Network; Wireless Sensor Network

Cite: Yi Ren , Vladimir Oleshchuk , Frank Y. Li, and Xiaohu Ge, "Security in Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks -A Survey ," Journal of Communications, vol. 6, no.2, pp.128-142, 2011. Doi: 10.4304/jcm.6.2.128-142
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