Research Area:  Wireless Sensor Networks
Security is one of the main objectives while designing protocols for underwater wireless sensor networks (UWSN), since the sensors in UWSN are vulnerable to malicious attack. So it becomes easy for opponents to manipulate the communication channel of UWSN and its nodes. Authentication and data integrity play important roles in the context of security to make network scalable and survivable. Hence in this paper, a secure authentication and protected data aggregation method for the cluster based structure of UWSN is proposed as because cluster based arrangement produces a concise and stable network. In this technique, the cluster head in each cluster is authenticated by the gateway to ensure that all the clusters are being handled by valid nodes. Also, the data being communicated in the network will be securely handled to ensure that it will not get compromised during network operations. In this way, the security of all the nodes is ensured to maintain safe network communication. The proposed technique improves the data reliability in the network by reducing the energy consumption and delay. Here, the proposed method is moreover compared with the state of the art techniques to prove the validity and effectiveness.
Author(s) Name:  Nitin Goyal, Mayank Dave & Anil Kumar Verma
Journal name:  Wireless Personal Communications
Publisher name:  Springer
Volume Information:  volume 113, pages 1–15 (2020)
Paper Link:   https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11277-020-07175-8