Controllable Resiliency of WSNs for the Protecting from Internal Attacks

Professor Xu Huang, University of Canberra, Australia



A wireless sensor network (WSN) has been making up of a mass of spatially distributed autonomous sensors to monitor physical or environmental conditions, such as sound, water contamination, temperature, pressure, motion and other pollutants.  In fact wireless sensor network has become part of our daily life.

However, security threats to WSNs become increasingly diversified, prevention based due to the open nature of the wireless medium an adversary can easily eavesdrop and replay or inject fabricated messages. Different cryptographic methods can be used to defend against some of such attacks but very limited. For example, node compromise is another major problem of WSN security as it allows an adversary to enter inside the security perimeter of the network, which raised a serious challenge for WSNs.

This tutorial will bring you to wireless sensor network security world, particularly we shall focus on internal attacks. What are the internal attacks? What is the resiliency of WSNs? What are the characterizers? What are the major challenges to those people who are working on this field? How to handle those challenges? What are current situations about this area? What are the future expecting outcomes for this area? Also the very current research results will be introduced.

The tutorial is useful for all network engineering, in particularly for those people who are working on the basic three layers (in terms of TCP/IP stuck, namely Network layer, data link layer and Physical layer. Currently we may say network security becomes everybodys business so it can be understood this tutorial would contribute to almost every one. This tutorial will explore the attractive research areas dealing with every days business related to almost every field you can think of, especially the fields linking those three layers. 


Short Biography

Xu Huang (Xu.Huang@canberra.edu.au) has received the B.E. and M.E. degrees and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Optical Engineering prior to 1989 and the second Ph.D. in Experimental Physics in the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1992. He has earned the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2004 at the University of Canberra, Australia.  He has been working on the areas of the telecommunications, networking engineering, wireless communications, optical communications, and digital signal processing more than 30 years. Currently he is the Head of the Engineering at the Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering, University of Canberra, Australia. He is the Course Conveners Doctor of Philosophy, Masters of Information Sciences (by research), and Master of Engineering. He has been a senior member of IEEE in Electronics and in Computer Society since 1989 and a Fellow of Institution of Engineering Australian (FIEAust), Chartered Professional Engineering (CPEng), a Member of Australian Institute of Physics.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Engineering Education, a member of Committee of the Institution of Engineering Australia at Canberra Branch.  Professor Huang has published about one hundred and fifty papers in high level of the IEEE and other Journals and international conference.