Journal Article ActiveTrust : Secure and Trustable Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks

LIU, Yuxin  ,  DONG, Mianxiong  ,  OTA, Kaoru  ,  LIU, Anfeng

11 ( 9 )  , pp.2013 - 2027 , 2016-09 , IEEE
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are increasingly being deployed in security-critical applications. Because of their inherent resource-constrained characteristics, they are prone to various security attacks, and a black hole attack is a type of attack that seriously affects data collection. To conquer that challenge, an active detection-based security and trust routing scheme named ActiveTrust is proposed for WSNs. The most important innovation of ActiveTrust is that it avoids black holes through the active creation of a number of detection routes to quickly detect and obtain nodal trust and thus improve the data route security. More importantly, the generation and the distribution of detection routes are given in the ActiveTrust scheme, which can fully use the energy in non-hotspots to create as many detection routes as needed to achieve the desired security and energy efficiency. Both comprehensive theoretical analysis and experimental results indicate that the performance of the ActiveTrust scheme is better than that of the previous studies. ActiveTrust can significantly improve the data route success probability and ability against black hole attacks and can optimize network lifetime.

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