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Computer Science Program

Project ID: 362
Author: CLIFTON J. MULKEY
Project Title: IDENTITY BASED ENCRYPTION PROTOCOL FOR PRIVACY AND AUTHENTICATION IN WIRELESS NETWORKS
Semester: 2 2011
Committe Chair: Dulal C. Kar
Committee Member 1: Ajay K. Katangur
Committee Member 2: Ahmed Mahdy
Project Description: Wireless networks are inherently insecure due to the fact that information on the network can be passively retrieved by an eavesdropper using o -the-shelf net- work hardware and free software applications. The most common solution for this vulnerability is the Wireless Protected Access (WPA) protocol. This protocol pro- vides data encryption and access control for wireless networks. However, the WPA protocol contains drawbacks in its authentication mechanisms that can cause incon- veniences for end users and performance degradation for the network. Furthermore, many of the authentication methods used with WPA are not ecient for small and resource-constrained wireless devices. This work presents the design of a new wireless security protocol for privacy and authentication using ecient Identity Based Encryp- tion (IBE) techniques. This protocol eliminates the need for a central authentication server for enterprise networks, as well as provides the new feature of privacy without authentication for public wireless networks. This work also puts forth an analysis and validation of the new protocol, including security strength, storage overhead, communication overhead, and computational eciency.
Project URL:   362.pdf
 
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