Security in Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Eric SabbahEmail author
  • Kyoung-Don Kang
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


Small, inexpensive, battery-powered wireless sensors can be easily deployed in places where human access could be difficult, dangerous, expensive, or even intrusive to the subject of sensing such as wild animals. Deployed wireless sensors can cooperate with each other to enhance the efficiency of, for example, scientific research, manufacturing, construction, transportation, or military operations. However, the open cooperative nature can expose wireless sensors to various attacks from a malicious adversary. No physical security is available to a wireless sensor network (WSN) deployed in an open environment. Most existing security solutions developed for wired networks are computationally too expensive for wireless sensors with limited energy, computational power, and communication bandwidth. Because of the cooperative nature, many sensor nodes can be affected even when a single node is compromised. This chapter discusses security challenges and vulnerabilities in WSNs. It gives a survey of representative security mechanisms designed to address known vulnerabilities. Finally, it highlights key research issues that remain to be tackled.


Sensor Node Wireless Sensor Network Cluster Head Malicious Node Route Discovery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied ScienceBinghamtonUSA

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