A Security Analysis for Wireless Sensor Mesh Networks in Highly Critical Systems

TitleA Security Analysis for Wireless Sensor Mesh Networks in Highly Critical Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsC. Alcaraz, and J. Lopez
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews
Date PublishedJuly
ISSN Number1094-6977
KeywordsCritical Control Systems, Critical Infrastructure Protection, SCADA Systems, Wireless Sensor Mesh Network

Nowadays, critical control systems are a fundamental component contributing to the overall performance of critical infrastructures in our society, most of which belong to the industrial sector. These complex systems include in their design different types of information and communication technology systems, such as wireless (mesh) sensor networks, to carry out control processes in real time. This fact has meant that several communication standards, such as Zigbee PRO, WirelessHART, and ISA100.11a, have been specified to ensure coexistence, reliability, and security in their communications. The main purpose of this paper has been to review these three standards and analyze their security. We have identified a set of threats and potential attacks in their routing protocols, and we consequently provide recommendations and countermeasures to help Industry protect its infrastructures.

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