An Improved User Authentication Protocol for Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks using Elliptic Curve Cryptography

Maharana, Rakesh (2013) An Improved User Authentication Protocol for Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks using Elliptic Curve Cryptography. MTech thesis.



In wireless sensor network, most of the queries are issued at the base station or gateway node the network. However, there are some critical WSN applications where real-time data are needed. But data at base station may not be real-time because of communication delay or periodic nature of data collection. So, real-time data can be accessed from the sensor nodes directly on demand. Before allowing the user to access real-time data from the sensor node, authentication of user must be ensured. But user authentication in case of wireless sensor network is a very critical task, as sensor nodes are deployed in unattached environment and are prone to possible hostile network attacks. Any authentication protocol in WSN must be designed keeping the fact that sensor nodes have limited computing power, memory, energy and communication capabilities. In this thesis, an improved user authentication protocol based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) has been introduced for hierarchical wireless sensor networks (HWSN). This thesis shows that the ECC based protocol is suitable for wireless sensor networks, where higher security is demanded. Besides this the proposed scheme provides mutual authentication and a secret session key for communication between the user and the cluster head. It also provides an option for addition or replacement of cluster head in the network whenever there is a need. Then a comparative study of the proposed scheme with various existing is presented.

Item Type:Thesis (MTech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:User Authentication; Security; Public Key Cryptography (PKC); ECC; Smart Card; Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Network (HWSN).
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Computer and Information Science > Networks
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Computer Science
ID Code:4668
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:23 Oct 2013 14:20
Last Modified:20 Dec 2013 14:26
Supervisor(s):Khilar, P M

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