An Evaluation of the Energy Cost of Authenticated Key Agreement in Wireless Sensor Networks

TitleAn Evaluation of the Energy Cost of Authenticated Key Agreement in Wireless Sensor Networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsD. Galindo, R. Roman, and J. Lopez
Conference NameX Reunión Española sobre Criptología y Seguridad de la Información (RECSI’08)
Pagination231-236
Date PublishedSeptember
Conference LocationSalamanca (Spain)
Abstract

Wireless sensors are battery-powered devices which are highly constrained in terms of computational capabilities, memory, and communication bandwidth. While battery life is their main limitation, they require considerable energy to communicate data. Due to this, the energy saving of computationally inexpensive security primitives (like those using symmetric key cryptography) can be nullified by the bigger amount of data they require to be sent. In this work we study the energy cost of key agreement protocols between peers in a network using public key cryptography techniques. Our concern is to reduce the amount of data to be exchanged. Our main news is that a computationally very demanding security primitive, such as identity-based authenticated key exchange, can present energy-wise a better performance than traditional public key based key exchange in realistic scenarios such as Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks. Such a result is not to be expected in wired networks.

Citation KeyGalindo2008a
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