Wireless Security and Cryptography: Specifications and Implementations

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  • Gives detailed background and technical information on the latest and most widely used wireless protocols and technologies, including Bluetooth, RFID, and smart cards
  • Demonstrates how security specifications are implemented in silicon
  • Proposes flexible, practical hardware implementation platforms for the security layers and cryptography schemes of today's wireless protocols


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 The security layers of many wireless protocols use outdated encryption algorithms, which have proven unsuitable for hardware usage, particularly with handheld devices.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.

Table of Contents

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


Editorial Reviews

"…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