Title: A taxonomy of secure data aggregation in wireless sensor networks

Authors: Hani Alzaid; Ernest Foo; Juan Manuel González Nieto; DongGook Park

Addresses: Information Security Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia; Computer Research Institute, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, P.O. Box 6086, Riyadh 11442, Saudi Arabia ' Information Security Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia ' Information Security Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia ' School of Information Technology, Sunchon National University, Sunchenon Jeonnam 540-742, South Korea

Abstract: Recent advances in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have led to several new promising applications including habitat monitoring and target tracking. However, data communication between nodes consumes a large portion of the entire energy consumption of the WSNs. Consequently, data aggregation techniques can significantly help to reduce the energy consumption by eliminating redundant data travelling back to the base station. The security issues such as data integrity, confidentiality, and freshness in data aggregation become crucial when the WSN is deployed in a remote or hostile environment where sensors are prone to node failures and compromises. There is currently research potential in securing data aggregation in WSNs. With this in mind, the security issues in data aggregation for the WSN will be discussed in this article. After that, the |state-of-the-art| in secure data aggregation schemes will be surveyed and then classified into two categories based on the number of aggregator nodes and the existence of the verification phase.

Keywords: wireless sensor networks; WSNs; secure data aggregation; performance analysis; node failures; node compromises; wireless networks; data security; data integrity; confidentiality; verification.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCNDS.2012.044325

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, 2012 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.101 - 148

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 19 Dec 2011 *

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