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Sensors 2010, 10(2), 1251-1278; doi:10.3390/s100201251

Secure Adaptive Topology Control for Wireless Ad-Hoc Sensor Networks

Department of Electrical Engineering, Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Received: 10 October 2009 / Revised: 25 January 2010 / Accepted: 30 January 2010 / Published: 3 February 2010


This paper presents a secure decentralized clustering algorithm for wireless ad-hoc sensor networks. The algorithm operates without a centralized controller, operates asynchronously, and does not require that the location of the sensors be known a priori. Based on the cluster-based topology, secure hierarchical communication protocols and dynamic quarantine strategies are introduced to defend against spam attacks, since this type of attacks can exhaust the energy of sensor nodes and will shorten the lifetime of a sensor network drastically. By adjusting the threshold of infected percentage of the cluster coverage, our scheme can dynamically coordinate the proportion of the quarantine region and adaptively achieve the cluster control and the neighborhood control of attacks. Simulation results show that the proposed approach is feasible and cost effective for wireless sensor networks.
Keywords: secure communication protocols; adaptive topology control; sensor networks; quarantine region secure communication protocols; adaptive topology control; sensor networks; quarantine region
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Hsueh, C.-T.; Li, Y.-W.; Wen, C.-Y.; Ouyang, Y.-C. Secure Adaptive Topology Control for Wireless Ad-Hoc Sensor Networks. Sensors 2010, 10, 1251-1278.

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