Air Dominance in Sensor Networks: Guarding Sensor Motes Using Selective Interference

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Executive Summary

Securing Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is a hard problem. In particular, network access control is notoriously difficult to achieve due to the inherent broadcast characteristics of wireless communications: an attacker can easily target any node in its transmission range and affect large parts of a sensor network simultaneously. In this paper, the authors therefore propose a distributed guardian system to protect a WSN based on physically regulating channel access by means of selective interference. The guardians are deployed alongside a sensor network, inspecting all local traffic, classifying packets based on their content, and destroying any malicious packet while still on the air.

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