Information Security and Computer Fraud
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Information Security and Computer Fraud. 2019, 7(1), 7-12
DOI: 10.12691/iscf-7-1-2
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A Lightweight Rogue Access Point Detection Algorithm for Embedded Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

Justice Owusu Agyemang1, Jerry John Kponyo1, and Griffith Selorm Klogo1

1Faculty of Electrical/Computer Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Pub. Date: January 19, 2019

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Justice Owusu Agyemang, Jerry John Kponyo and Griffith Selorm Klogo. A Lightweight Rogue Access Point Detection Algorithm for Embedded Internet of Things (IoT) Devices. Information Security and Computer Fraud. 2019; 7(1):7-12. doi: 10.12691/iscf-7-1-2


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new paradigm that enables the convergence of smart objects and the internet. This convergence has led to the creation of an intelligent network that connects all things to the internet for the purpose of exchanging information. The direct connection of IoT devices to the internet makes them susceptible to several security threats. Researchers have developed techniques aimed at enhancing security of IoT devices at both network and application layers. In this paper, we present a real-time and lightweight algorithm, based on information theoretic approach, that enables rogue access point detection for embedded IoT devices. This is to ensure that WiFi-enabled IoT devices can intelligently distinguish between legitimate and rogue access points. We evaluated the performance of the algorithm with respect to the detection rate and also CPU utilization efficiency.


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