Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are usually susceptible to viruses and malware attacks. This is due to the nature of the forming nodes which are constrained in terms of memory, processing capabilities, battery power, and communication capabilities. Such constraints impose limitations in terms of the employed security features, as sophisticated protection mechanisms would be considered inefficient and hence unsuitable. Therefore, WSNs could be attacked by viruses and malware which interrupt or completely terminate their main functionalities. We present a method to study malware propagation patterns in WSNs and examine the abilities of different Media Access Control (MAC) rules and techniques to limit malware propagation. Two different MAC protocols are considered. We have built different models for wireless communication in WSNs as well as malware propagation using Cell-DEVS. Furthermore, we have implemented our models and ran simulations to study malware propagation.

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2020 Spring Simulation Multiconference, SpringSim 2020
Department of Systems and Computer Engineering

Al-Habashna, A. (Alaa), & Wainer, G.A. (2020). Studying malware propagation in wireless sensor networks with cell-devs. In Simulation Series (pp. 207–217).