A Novel ID Anonymity Preserving Scheme (ID-APS) for Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks

Ahmed Al-Riyami, Ning Zhang, John Keane

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    Abstract

    Node ID anonymity is a critical aspect of privacy inWireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). Exposing node IDs can helpadversaries to learn the underlying network infrastructure and tomount more serious attacks, such as attacks on important nodes(e.g., cluster heads). Therefore, providing ID anonymity shouldbe an integral part of the solution to secure WSNs, and shouldnot hinder other security properties such as accountability andintrusion detection. However, the latter requires that communicationnodes be identifiable globally in a dynamic WSN where thereis no fixed infrastructure support. Achieving these contradictingsecurity properties effectively and efficiently is challenging. Thispaper proposes a method, termed ID Anonymity PreservingScheme (ID-APS), to preserve node ID anonymity with a globalnode identification capability in hierarchical WSNs. Evaluationresults show that ID-APS achieves these properties at a lower levelof costs (computational, communication and memory overheads)than comparable methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationhost publication
    PublisherIEEE
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2014
    EventThe Eighth International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications (SENSORCOMM 2014) - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 16 Nov 201420 Nov 2014

    Conference

    ConferenceThe Eighth International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications (SENSORCOMM 2014)
    CityLisbon, Portugal
    Period16/11/1420/11/14

    Keywords

    • Wireless Sensor Networks; privacy; ID anonymity; pseudonym.

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