Resilient wireless sensor networks for cyber-physical systems

Waseem Abbas, Aron Laszka, Xenofon Koutsoukos

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Owing to their low deployment costs, wireless sensor networks (WSN) may act as a key enabling technology for a variety of spatially distributed cyber-physical system (CPS) applications, ranging from intelligent traffic control to smart grids. However, besides providing tremendous benefits in terms of deployment costs, they also open up new possibilities for malicious attackers, who aim to cause financial losses or physical damage. Since perfectly securing these spatially distributed systems is either impossible or financially unattainable, we need to design them to be resilient to attacks: even if some parts of the system are compromised or unavailable due to the actions of an attacker, the system as a whole must continue to operate with minimal losses. In a CPS, control decisions affecting the physical process depend on the observed data from the sensor network. Any malicious activity in the sensor network can therefore severely impact the physical process, and consequently the overall CPS operations. These factors necessitate a deeper probe into the domain of resilient WSN for CPS. In this chapter, we provide an overview of various dimensions in this field, including objectives of WSN in CPS, attack scenarios and vulnerabilities, the notion of attack resilience in WSN for CPS, and solution approaches toward attaining resilience. We also highlight major challenges, recent developments, and future directions in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCyber-Physical System Design with Sensor Networking Technologies
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781849198257
ISBN (Print)9781849198240
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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