Special Issue Paper
A survey of key distribution in wireless sensor networks
Article first published online: 13 JUL 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Security and Communication Networks
Volume 7, Issue 12, pages 2495–2508, December 2014
How to Cite
2014), A survey of key distribution in wireless sensor networks, Security Comm. Networks, 27; pages 2495–2508, doi: 10.1002/sec.354, and (
- Issue published online: 27 NOV 2014
- Article first published online: 13 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 17 APR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 20 JAN 2011
- wireless sensor networks;
- key distribution
Key establishment is the most fundamental cryptographic primitive in all kinds of applications where security is a concern. However, the nature of limited resources on sensor nodes restricts the use of conventional key management techniques in wireless sensor networks. Many researchers have conducted different techniques to propose different types of key distribution schemes. In this paper, we survey the existing solutions and describe the state-of-the-art techniques. We not only classify these proposals into location-independent key distribution schemes and location-dependent key distribution schemes but also provide a comparison table. We hope to attract more research attentions on this direction. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.