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Falko Dressler, "Key Management in Wireless Sensor Networks," in Security in Wireless Mesh Networks, Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications, vol. 6, Yan Zhang, Jun Zheng and Honglin Hu (Eds.), CRC Press, 2008, pp. 491–516.


Wireless sensor networks (WSN) and corresponding applications greatly benefit from the proliferation of energy-aware embedded systems. Various application scenarios have successfully shown that the usage of sensor network technology is applicable in different domains. At the same time, the need for security solutions is rising. This includes mechanisms for secure management and control, e.g. routing and software management, as well as for data communication. Similarly, the demand for higher availability including the protection against attacks and misbehaving nodes emerged. Security architectures have been proposed to address these requirements. All these solutions are based on cryptographic algorithms and appropriate key management and key distribution solutions. The objective of this chapter is to provide an overview to state-of-the-art key management and key distribution techniques. Additionally, a classification of key management and key distribution solutions is provided followed by an in-deep study of selected key distribution approaches. The chapter also includes an outlook to application scenarios and outlines the open issues for further research on key management and key exchange.

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    author = {Dressler, Falko},
    title = {{Key Management in Wireless Sensor Networks}},
    pages = {491--516},
    booktitle = {Security in Wireless Mesh Networks},
    editor = {Zhang, Yan and Zheng, Jun and Hu, Honglin},
    address = {Boca Raton, FL},
    isbn = {978-0-8493-8250-5},
    publisher = {CRC Press},
    series = {Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications},
    volume = {6},
    year = {2008},

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