Accession Number:

ADA503647

Title:

Providing Effective Security in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks Without Affecting Bandwidth or Interoperability

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

ROYAL MILITARY COLL OF CANADA KINGSTON (ONTARIO)

Report Date:

2008-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

Finding security solutions for Mobile Ad hoc Networks MANETs that do not detrimentally affect their utility is a challenging research problem. We present mechanisms that can be used for detecting sophisticated attacks against MANETs as well as for providing methods of authentication and information leakage prevention. We implement our methods in a laboratory testbed and provided experimental evidence of their efficacy. Mobile Ad hoc Networks MANETs are recognised as being a disruptive technology that could have tremendous impact on military communications. Selforganising networks using simple, standardised protocols can accommodate a heterogeneity of devices nodes and maintain reliable communications in environments where the mobility of nodes creates a dynamic network topology. Among the important advantages of MANET technology is that the ease of set-up and network configuration should facilitate interoperability among nodes of varying capabilities as well as nodes from different forces andor different nations. In a coalition environment where nodes of a single nation are too dispersed to form their own network, the ability to route traffic through intermediary nodes of partner nations allows spontaneous creation of allied communication networks - that is, the organic growth of networks takes advantage of the node density of the entire coalition. Unfortunately, the advantages of MANETs, including their ease of formation, their dynamic, distributed nature, and open wireless medium, inherently bring along with them a myriad of new and significant security vulnerabilities.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
  • Radio Communications
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems
  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE