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Sensors 2012, 12(11), 15133-15158; doi:10.3390/s121115133

A Secure Communication Suite for Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks

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Department of Ingegneria dell’Informazione, University of Pisa, Largo Lazzarino 1, 56100 Pisa, Italy
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Institute of Informatics and Telematics, National Research Council, Via Giuseppe Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Received: 19 September 2012 / Revised: 26 October 2012 / Accepted: 30 October 2012 / Published: 7 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Abstract

In this paper we describe a security suite for Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks comprising both fixed and mobile nodes. The security suite is composed of a secure routing protocol and a set of cryptographic primitives aimed at protecting the confidentiality and the integrity of underwater communication while taking into account the unique characteristics and constraints of the acoustic channel. By means of experiments and simulations based on real data, we show that the suite is suitable for an underwater networking environment as it introduces limited, and sometimes negligible, communication and power consumption overhead.
Keywords: underwater acoustic sensor network; security; confidentiality; integrity; secure routing underwater acoustic sensor network; security; confidentiality; integrity; secure routing
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Dini, G.; Lo Duca, A. A Secure Communication Suite for Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks. Sensors 2012, 12, 15133-15158.

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