As an extension of the wired network, the use of the wireless communication network has considerably boosted users’ productivity at work and in their daily lives. The most notable aspect of the wireless communication network is that it overcomes the constraints of the
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As an extension of the wired network, the use of the wireless communication network has considerably boosted users’ productivity at work and in their daily lives. The most notable aspect of the wireless communication network is that it overcomes the constraints of the wired network, reduces the amount of cost spent on wire maintenance, and distributes itself in a manner that is both more extensive and flexible. Combining wireless communication with the Internet of Things (IoT) can be used in several applications, including smart cities, smart traffic, smart farming, smart drones, etc. However, when exchanging data, wireless communication networks use an open network, allowing unauthorized users to engage in communication that is seriously destructive. Therefore, authentication through a digital signature will be the best solution to tackle such problems. Several digital signatures are contributing to the authentication process in a wireless communication network; however, they are suffering from several problems, including forward security, key escrow, certificate management, revocations, and high computational and communication costs, respectively. Keeping in view the above problems, in this paper we proposed an efficient certificateless forward-secure signature scheme for secure deployments in wireless communication networks. The security analysis of the proposed scheme is carried out using the random oracle model (ROM), which shows that it is unforgeable against type 1 and type 2 adversaries. Moreover, the computational and communication cost analyses are carried out by using major operations, major operations cost in milliseconds, and extra communication bits. The comparative analysis with the existing scheme shows that the proposed scheme reduces the computational cost from 19.23% to 97.54% and the communication overhead from 11.90% to 83.48%, which means that the proposed scheme is efficient, faster, and more secure for communication in the wireless communication network.