Visible to the public On the Secure and Reconfigurable Multi-Layer Network Design for Critical Information Dissemination in the Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT)

TitleOn the Secure and Reconfigurable Multi-Layer Network Design for Critical Information Dissemination in the Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFarooq, M. J., Zhu, Q.
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
KeywordsAd hoc networks, automated systems, Battlefield, battlefield resources, battlefield specific challenges, battlefields, changing mission requirements, combat efficiency, combat equipment, Communication networks, Control, coordinated automated decisions, coordinated decision-making, critical information dissemination, cyber-physical attacks, decision making, epidemics, Geometry, Health Care, heterogeneous network devices, human factors, information dissemination, Internet of battlefield things, Internet of Things, iobt, IoT networks, IoT technology, Management, Mathematical model, military communication, military computing, military operations, multiplex networks, Multiplexing, optimisation, paradigm shift, Poisson point process, pubcrawl, random geometric graph, reconfigurable IoBT networks, reconfigurable multilayer network design, resilience, Resiliency, Scalability, secure IoBT networks, security of data, smart cities, Smart homes, Stochastic processes, Wireless communication

The Internet of things (IoT) is revolutionizing the management and control of automated systems leading to a paradigm shift in areas, such as smart homes, smart cities, health care, and transportation. The IoT technology is also envisioned to play an important role in improving the effectiveness of military operations in battlefields. The interconnection of combat equipment and other battlefield resources for coordinated automated decisions is referred to as the Internet of battlefield things (IoBT). IoBT networks are significantly different from traditional IoT networks due to battlefield specific challenges, such as the absence of communication infrastructure, heterogeneity of devices, and susceptibility to cyber-physical attacks. The combat efficiency and coordinated decision-making in war scenarios depends highly on real-time data collection, which in turn relies on the connectivity of the network and information dissemination in the presence of adversaries. This paper aims to build the theoretical foundations of designing secure and reconfigurable IoBT networks. Leveraging the theories of stochastic geometry and mathematical epidemiology, we develop an integrated framework to quantify the information dissemination among heterogeneous network devices. Consequently, a tractable optimization problem is formulated that can assist commanders in cost effectively planning the network and reconfiguring it according to the changing mission requirements.

Citation Keyfarooq_secure_2018