Date Added: Oct 2009
Mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) are infrastructure free networks, temporary in nature and without any centralized authority. These unique characteristics, coupled with the increased vulnerability of MANET for security attacks, demand an immediate solution for securing the ad hoc network prior to its full-fledged deployment in commercial and military applications. So far, most of the research in MANET has been primarily focused on the routing and mobility aspects rather than securing the ad hoc networks. Due to the ever increasing security threats, there is a need to develop architecture, algorithms, and mechanisms for a secured ad hoc network infrastructure.