Security Considerations for the WirelessHART Protocol

Raza, Shahid and Slabbert, Adriaan and Voigt, Thiemo and Landernäs, Krister (2009) Security Considerations for the WirelessHART Protocol. In: 14th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA'2009), 22 Sept 2009, Mallorca, Spain.

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WirelessHART is a secure and reliable communication standard for industrial process automation. The WirelessHART specifications are well organized in all aspects except security: there are no separate specifications of security requirements or features. Rather, security mechanisms are described throughout the documentation. This hinders implementation of the standard and development of applications since it requires close knowledge of all the core specifications on the part of the developer. In this paper we provide a comprehensive overview of WirelessHART security: we analyze the provided security mechanisms against well known threats in the wireless medium, and propose recommendations to mitigate shortcomings. Furthermore, we elucidate the specifications of the Security Manager, its placement in the network, and interaction with the Network Manager.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:WirelessHART, Security, Threats ,Sensor Networks, Industrial Automation
ID Code:3624
Deposited By:Lars Eric Holmquist
Deposited On:04 Aug 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:25

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