Special Issue "Key Management in Wireless Sensor Network"

A special issue of Cryptography (ISSN 2410-387X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Filippo Gandino

Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy
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Interests: pervasive computing; wireless sensor networks; RFID
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Rebaudengo

Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy
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Interests: WSN; IoT; key management; security; dependability; RFID

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are becoming a very popular pervasive technology. They normally consist of many low-cost and low-power devices that can sense the environment, process information, and transmit messages by means of wireless communication. According to their limited resources, WSNs are exposed to many security threads, such as eavesdropping, hardware tampering and false messages injection. Therefore, effective security systems that are compliant with the specific characteristics of a WSN are required.

The majority of security systems for wireless sensor networks are based on symmetric encryption. The main open issue for these approaches concerns the establishment of symmetric keys. Much research in recent years has focused on key distribution and management, and several schemes have been proposed. Most of the current solutions use symmetric cryptography since the communication and computational overheads of public-key cryptography limit their applicability to WSNs.

Among symmetric key approaches, many different strategies have been considered. The purpose of this Special Issue on “Key Management in Wireless Sensor Network” is to explore the most recent and innovative solutions that guarantee security and efficiency.

Dr. Filippo Gandino
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Rebaudengo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Public-key cryptography
  • Deployment knowledge
  • Random Key Distribution
  • Symmetric key management
  • Hardware security
  • Transitory Master Key
  • Combinatorial key predistribution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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