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Evaluation of hybrid security system with cluster based key management for Wireless Sensor Networks

Mil. Coll. of Signals, NUST, Rawalpindi
DOI: 10.1109/ICIAS.2007.4658417 Conference: Intelligent and Advanced Systems, 2007. ICIAS 2007. International Conference on
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Security critical applications of wireless sensor networks stipulate more efficient and secure architectures for security. Hybrid security system using both public and private key cryptography along with cluster based key management can be a step further in achieving more security and efficiency at a lower cost. The paper analyzes and evaluates the hybrid security system with cluster based key management for wireless sensor networks.

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