Paper 2015/1029

The Energy Budget for Wireless Security: Extended Version

Dave Singelée, Stefaan Seys, Lejla Batina, and Ingrid Verbauwhede


Due to the numerous security and privacy risks, applications deployed in wireless networks require strong cryptographic protection. Reducing the energy cost of cryptographic algorithms and protocols that run on wireless embedded devices, is a crucial requirement when developing security and privacy solutions for wireless networks. The goal of this work is to give an insight to the global energy cost of secure wireless communications. We will compare the energy cost of different wireless standards and a wide range of cryptographic primitives. To illustrate these numbers, we will evaluate the energy consumption of several authentication schemes for RFID. The results show that both computation and communication cost are important factors in the energy budget, and clearly connected to the security and privacy properties of the wireless applications.

Note: Extended version of ACM WISEC 2011 paper (invited talk)

Available format(s)
Cryptographic protocols
Publication info
Published elsewhere. MAJOR revision.ACM WISEC 2011
Wireless SecurityRFIDAuthenticationCryptographyEnergy Consumption
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dave singelee @ esat kuleuven be
2015-10-26: received
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      author = {Dave Singelée and Stefaan Seys and Lejla Batina and Ingrid Verbauwhede},
      title = {The Energy Budget for Wireless Security: Extended Version},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2015/1029},
      year = {2015},
      doi = {10.1145/1998412.1998414},
      note = {\url{}},
      url = {}
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