Securing Wireless Data Networks Against Eavesdropping Using Smart Antennas
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology
This paper focuses on securing communication over wireless data networks from malicious eavesdroppers, using smart antennas. While conventional cryptography based approaches focus on hiding the meaning of the information being communicated from the eavesdropper, the paper considers a complimentary class of strategies that limit knowledge of the existence of the information from the eavesdropper. The paper profiles the performance achievable using simple beamforming strategies using a newly defined metric called exposure region. The paper then presents three strategies within the context of an approach called virtual arrays of physical arrays to significantly improve the exposure region performance of a wireless LAN environment.