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Towards robust attack detection in wireless mesh networks

Project: Research


Wireless mesh networks are being increasingly used to provide affordable network connectivity to communities where wired deployment strategies are either not possible or are prohibitively expensive. Such mesh networks are helping to bridge the so-called digital divide, and are proving to be invaluable to communities and businesses in rural areas. Unfortunately, computer networks are frequently being exploited by recreational and professional attackers, which can affect their utility for legitimate use. In response to this, a number of countermeasures have been developed, including intrusion prevention systems, such as network firewalls, and intrusion detection systems that aim to detect anomalous behaviour caused by attacks. Anomaly information generated by intrusion detection systems can be used to effectively influence attack remediation strategies, such as making adjustments to firewall rules. Performing intrusion detection on wireless mesh networks is particularly challenging. Much research has been carried out on intrusion detection systems on the wired Internet, however, little has been done to understand these systems in a wireless mesh networking context. This project investigates intrusion detection on these types of networks, at a time when attacks continue to rise and are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.
Effective start/end date1/11/0731/03/08


  • EPSRC: £20,923.00