Secure and Distributed Data Discovery and Dissemination in Wireless Sensor Networks

Secure and Distributed Data Discovery and Dissemination in Wireless Sensor Networks

Due to limited computational power and energy resources, aggregation of data from multiple sensor nodes done at the aggregating node is usually accomplished by simple methods such as averaging. However such aggregation is known to be highly vulnerable to node compromising attacks. Since WSN are usually unattended and without tamper resistant hardware, they are highly susceptible to such attacks. Thus, ascertaining trustworthiness of data and reputation of sensor nodes is crucial for WSN. As the performance of very low power processors dramatically improves, future aggregator nodes will be capable of performing more sophisticated data aggregation algorithms, thus making WSN less vulnerable. Iterative filtering algorithms hold great promise for such a purpose. Such algorithms simultaneously aggregate data from multiple sources and provide trust assessment of these sources, usually in a form of corresponding weight factors assigned to data provided by each source. To address security issue, an improvement for iterative filtering techniques is proposed by providing an initial approximation for such algorithms which makes them not only collusion robust, but also more accurate and faster converging.

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