Micro-Moving Target IPv6 Defense for 6LoWPAN and the Internet of Things
Sherburne, Matthew Gilbert
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is composed of billions of sensors and actuators that have varying tasks aimed at making industry, healthcare, and home life more efficient. These sensors and actuators are mainly low-powered and resource-constrained embedded devices with little room for implementing IP security in addition to their main function. With the fact that more of these devices are using IPv6 addressing, we seek to adapt a moving-target defense measure called Moving Target IPv6 Defense for use with embedded devices in order to add an additional layer of security. This adaptation, which we call Micro-Moving Target IPv6 Defense, operates within IPv6 over Low power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPAN) which is used in IEEE 802.15.4 wireless networks in order to establish IPv6 communications. The purpose of this defense is to obfuscate the communications between a sensor and a server in order to thwart a potential attacker from performing eavesdropping, denial-of-service, or man-in-the-middle attacks. We present our work in establishing this security mechanism and analyze the required control overhead on the wireless network.
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