A Cross-layer Approach for Integrating Security Mechanisms in Sensor Networks Architectures

TitleA Cross-layer Approach for Integrating Security Mechanisms in Sensor Networks Architectures
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsR. Roman, J. Lopez, and P. Najera
JournalWireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume11
Pagination267-276
PublisherWiley
ISSN Number1530-8669
Keywordsarchitecture, cross-layer, middleware, security, Sensor Networks
Abstract

The wireless sensor networks (WSN) paradigm is especially vulnerable against external and internal attacks. Therefore, it is necessary to develop security mechanisms and protocols to protect them. These mechanisms must become an integral part of the software architecture and network stack of a sensor node. A question that remains is how to achieve this integration. In this paper we check how both academic and industrial solutions tackle this issue, and we present the concept of a transversal layer, where all the different security mechanisms could be contained. This way, all the elements of the architecture can interact with the security mechanisms, and the security mechanisms can have a holistic point of view of the whole architecture. We discuss the advantages of this approach, and also present how the transversal layer concept was applied to a real middleware architecture.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wcm.1006
DOI10.1002/wcm.1006
Citation KeyRoman2010
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