SecureDAV: A secure data aggregation and verification protocol for sensor networks

Ajay Mahimkar, Theodore S. Rappaport

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Sensor networks include nodes with limited computation and communication capabilities. One of the basic functions of sensor networks is to sense and transmit data to the end users. The resource constraints and security issues pose a challenge to information aggregation in large sensor networks. Bootstrapping keys is another challenge because public key cryptosystems are unsuitable for use in resource-constrained sensor networks. In this paper, we propose a solution by dividing the problem in two domains. First, we present a protocol for establishing cluster keys in sensor networks using verifiable secret sharing. We chose elliptic curve cryptosystems for security because of their smaller key size, faster computations and reductions in processing power. Second, we develop a Secure Data Aggregation and Verification (SecureDAV) protocol that ensures that the base station never accepts faulty aggregate readings. Integrity check of the readings is done using Merkle Hash Trees avoiding over-reliance on the cluster-heads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLOBECOM'04 - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2004
EventGLOBECOM'04 - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Nov 29 2004Dec 3 2004


OtherGLOBECOM'04 - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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