A dynamic secure access mechanism forwireless sensor networks using usage control and agent technology

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    Secure access is one of the key concerns of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). In WSNs, because there are many dynamically mutable attributes, continuous access decisions and dynamic attribute updates should be important properties of access control. In addition, WSNs need low-complexity authentication protocols because of the constrained resources. However, the authentication protocols of most current security access schemes have relatively high complexity. More importantly, the access control models of existing schemes cannot provide attribute mutability and continuous decisions dynamically. To address above issues, we propose a dynamic secure access mechanism for WSNs. Firstly, we design a lightweight secure authentication protocol and dynamic access control based on security token and usage control (UCON), respectively. Then, the agent technology is adopted to implement the proposed secure access scheme. Secondly, we analyze the probability of the dynamic attribute update and decisions. Thirdly, we implement an instance of UCON. The implementation results indicate the feasibility of using UCON in WSNs. Finally, by evaluating and comparing with current schemes, the authentication protocol in our scheme presents several advantages including the low expenses in calculation, storage and communication. To our best knowledge, this paper is the first to realize next generation dynamic access control with attribute mutability and continuous decisions in WSNs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1577-1586
    Number of pages10
    JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
    VolumeE94-B
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun

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    Wireless sensor networks
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    Network protocols
    Communication

    Keywords

    • Access control
    • Authentication
    • Security
    • Usage control
    • Wireless sensor networks

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    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Software

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    A dynamic secure access mechanism forwireless sensor networks using usage control and agent technology. / Wu, Jun; Shimamoto, Shigeru.

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