1st Edition

Wireless Security and Cryptography Specifications and Implementations

Edited By Nicolas Sklavos, Xinmiao Zhang Copyright 2007
    416 Pages 114 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    As the use of wireless devices becomes widespread, so does the need for strong and secure transport protocols. Even with this intensified need for securing systems, using cryptography does not seem to be a viable solution due to difficulties in implementation. The security layers of many wireless protocols use outdated encryption algorithms, which have proven unsuitable for hardware usage, particularly with handheld devices.

    Summarizing key issues involved in achieving desirable performance in security implementations, Wireless Security and Cryptography: Specifications and Implementations focuses on alternative integration approaches for wireless communication security. It gives an overview of the current security layer of wireless protocols and presents the performance characteristics of implementations in both software and hardware. This resource also presents efficient and novel methods to execute security schemes in wireless protocols with high performance. It provides the state of the art research trends in implementations of wireless protocol security for current and future wireless communications.

    Unique in its coverage of specification and implementation concerns that include hardware design techniques, Wireless Security and Cryptography: Specifications and Implementations provides thorough coverage of wireless network security and recent research directions in the field.

    Overview of Cryptographic Primitives for Secure
    Communication, Palash Sarkar

    Introduction to Communication Security, Vesna Hassler

    Efficient VLSI Architectures for the Advanced Encryption
    Standard Algorithm, Xinmiao Zhang

    Hardware Design Issues in Elliptic Curve Cryptography
    for Wireless Systems, Apostolos P. Fournaris and O. Koufopavlou

    Efficient Elliptic Curve Cryptographic Hardware Design
    for Wireless Security, Loai A. Tawalbeh and Cetin Kaya Koc

    Cryptographic Algorithms in Constrained Environments, Vincent Rijmen and Norbert Pramstaller

    Side-Channel Analysis Attacks on Hardware Implementations
    of Cryptographic Algorithms, Siddika Berna Ors, Bart Preneel, and Ingrid Verbauwhede

    Security Enhancement Layer for Bluetooth, Panu Hamalainen, Marko Hannikainen, and Timo D. Hamalainen

    WLAN Security Processing Architectures, Neil Smyth, Maire McLoone, and John V. McCanny

    Security Architecture and Implementation of the Universal Mobile
    Telecommunication System, Paris Kitsos and Nicolas Sklavos

    Wireless Application Protocol Security Processor: Privacy,
    Authentication, and Data Integrity, Nicolas Sklavos

    Binary Algorithms for Modular Inversion, Erkay Savas

    Smart Card Technology, Martin Manninger



    Nicolas Sklavos received a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering and a diploma in electrical and computer engineering in 2004 and 2000, respectively, both from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras, Greece. In 2005, he joined the Telecommunications Systems and Networks Department of the Technological Educational Institute of Messolonghi, Nafpaktos, Greece, where he works as an assistant professor. His research interests include security and privacy, wireless communications security, and mobile networks. He holds an award for his Ph.D. thesis on ‘‘VLSI Designs o fWireless Communications Security Systems,’’ from IFIP VLSI SOC, Germany (2003). He has also contributed to international journals and participated in the organization of conferences, as program committee and guest editor. Dr. Sklavos is a member of the IEEE, IEE, the Technical Chamber of Greece, and the Greek Electrical Engineering Society. He has authored and coauthored up to 90 scientific articles, books and book chapters, reviews, and technical reports in the areas of his research. He can be contacted at [email protected].

    Xinmiao Zhang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. She received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, in 2005. Since then, she has been with Case Western Reserve University, where she is currently a Timothy E. and Allison L. Schroeder Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her research interests include efficient VLSI architecture design for communications, cryptosystems, and digital signal processing. Dr. Zhang is the recipient of the Best Paper Award at ACM Great Lake Symposium on VLSI 2004. She also won the first prize in the Student Paper Contest at the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers 2004. She is a member of the IEEE.

    "…well organized and readable as a whole… Although some chapters describe the same security basics and algorithms, this is not a disadvantage because it allows each chapter to be read independently. … recommended for university researchers and graduate students in computer science and information systems. Also, engineers, wireless system architects, and developers will find in it interesting and useful content. For professionals, each chapter includes extensive bibliographic notes. The fact that many security aspects are widely discussed is the great advantage of this book. It allows one not only to acquire general knowledge about security specifications and implementations, but also to find out particular security solutions in different environments. In my opinion, this book is worth recommendation because it presents the current status of wireless security and describes future directions."

    —Marcin Niemiec, in IEEE Communications Magazine, September 2008