Mobility

Securing Route and Path Integrity in Multi-Hop Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

Wireless networks are becoming ubiquitous and can be found in domestic, commercial, industrial, military, and healthcare applications. In these application areas network security assumes an increasingly important role because security breaches may result in the loss of human lives. This paper examines the problem of ensuring route integrity in multi-hop wireless networks. A failure of routing integrity can compromise the self-organizing and self-healing properties of the network leading to a network-wide loss of service. Particular attention is given to Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) conforming to the IEEE 802.11s standard to provide concrete examples of both the security problems and their solutions.

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