Research Area:  Wireless Sensor Networks
The main issue for the security of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is how to allow sensor nodes (SNs) to establish and share cryptographic keys in an energy-efficient, storage-efficient, and authentic manner for their secure data transmission. Furthermost recent studies carried out in this direction is concerned with homogeneous networks in which all sensor has identical characteristics and fundamental administration mechanisms. However, Cluster-based sensor networks have demonstrated better achievements and performance than homogeneous networks because of the several benefits of clustering. This inspired us to propose a secure key-establishment method for cluster-based sensor networks based on symmetric-key cryptography. Since symmetric key cryptography has small energy consumption, they are a great choice to prefer for securing the networks. Even though symmetric key cryptography has high storage needs, this deficiency can be reduced by using suitable methods—evaluating the proposed work that the storage needs are reduced along with reduced energy consumption. The work offers a favorable level of security against various intruders and possible security threats and is additionally scalable than the state-of-the-art techniques.
Author(s) Name:  Akansha Singh & Khushboo Jain
Journal name:  Telecommunication Systems
Publisher name:  Springer
Paper Link:   https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11235-021-00844-4