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International Journal of Smart Sensor and Adhoc Network

Abstract

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have recently attracted a lot of interest in the research community due their wide range of applications in our lives ranging from military applications to civilian ones.. Due to distributed nature of these networks and their deployment in remote areas, these networks are vulnerable to numerous security threats that can adversely affect their proper functioning. This problem is more critical if the network is deployed for some mission-critical applications such as in a tactical battlefield. Random failure of nodes is also very likely in real-life deployment scenarios. Due to resource constraints in the sensor nodes, traditional security mechanisms with large overhead of computation and communication are infeasible in WSNs. Security in sensor networks is, therefore, a particularly challenging task. In this current paper, we fundamentally focus on the security issue of WSNs and propose a protocol based on public key cryptography for external agent authentication and session key establishment. The proposed protocol is efficient and secure in compared to other public key based protocols in WSNs.

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