Slides from the ECU Security Research Institute seminar Monday March 2013, presented by Dr Mike Johnstone.
Given the explosion that is the “Internet of Things”, wireless sensors are set to outstrip devices such as computers and smart phones on the Internet.
These sensors are used for home automation, smart grids, military deployment etc. However, in contrast to their wired equivalents, wireless networks usually have dynamic topologies, are unprotected from other signals sharing the same medium, and are significantly less reliable than wired networks.
This raises issues for such networks in terms of reliability and security- a thorny topic for critical infrastructure. This seminar will explore the scope of wireless sensor networks and evaluate some significant security issues in this space.
Dr Mike Johnstone is a member of the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia where he teaches secure programming. His research interests include secure development methodologies (for mobile applications), wireless sensor networks (for military systems) and cloud security (for e-Health data sharing). He has been a contractor for private industry, government and research organisations and has held various roles including programmer, systems analyst, project manager and network manager before moving to academia.
The ECU Security Research Institute (ECUSRI) is a research unit with Edith Cowan University.