International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing (IJCSMC)
In this paper, the authors deal with secure clustering in MANETs having main emphasis on security by utilizing mobile agent with clustering algorithms. MANET is composed of peer nodes with equal networking capabilities which are able to function as mobile routers i.e. to forward packets and maintain routes. Packets forwarded in multi-hops from the source nodes to the destination nodes can go without the need for underlying fixed network infrastructure (e.g. routers and base stations). MANET uses the network topology that is autonomously formed and continuously changes according to the mobility of the nodes and as per the nature of the problem. One of the main challenges in an ad hoc network is the design of robust as well as secure routing algorithms that will adapt to the frequent and randomly changing network topology.