Title: Fuzzy logic-based detection of DDoS attacks in IEEE 802.15.4 low rate wireless personal area network

Authors: C. Balarengadurai; S. Saraswathi

Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Manonmaniam Sundarnar University, Tirunelveli-627 012, India ' Department of Information Technology, Pondicherry Engineering College, Puducherry 605 014, India

Abstract: Security in low rate wireless personal area network (LR-WPAN) is a challenging task in wireless network. Wireless communications are inherently susceptible to interception and interference. Most devices in LR-WPAN are resource-constrained and lack physical safeguards. Detection mechanism against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks is a critical component of any security system in which these attacks can affect the availability of a node or an entire network. In this work, we focus the detection mechanism against DDoS attacks in IEEE 802.15.4 using fuzzy logic system. It is an attack detection mechanism which uses an anomaly-based approach and operates in a distributed manner and distinguishes attack scenarios from the impact of traffic load on network behaviour. By simulation results, we finalised potential areas in DDoS attacks and provide evidence of effectiveness for detection of DDoS attacks with improved detection rate.

Keywords: attack detection; FLS; IEEE 802.15.4; MAC layer; PHY layer; network security; fuzzy logic; DDoS attacks; wireless PANs; personal area networks; wireless networks; low rate WPANs; distributed denial of service; simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTMCC.2013.056424

International Journal of Trust Management in Computing and Communications, 2013 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.243 - 260

Received: 01 Dec 2012
Accepted: 21 Dec 2012

Published online: 16 Sep 2013 *

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