Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Dr. Raheem Beyah

Second Advisor

Dr. Anu Bourgeois

Third Advisor

Dr. WenZhan Song


The IEEE 802.15.4 has attracted time-critical applications in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) because of its beacon-enabled mode and guaranteed timeslots (GTSs). However, the GTS scheme’s security still leave the 802.15.4 MAC vulnerable to attacks. Further, the existing techniques in the literature for securing 802.15.4 either focus on non beacon-enabled 802.15.4 or cannot defend against insider attacks for beacon-enabled 802.15.4. In this thesis, we illustrate this by demonstrating attacks on the availability and integrity of the beacon-enabled 802.15.4. To proof the attacks, we implement the attacks using Tmote Sky motes for a malicious node along with regular nodes. We show that the malicious node can freely exploit the beacon frames to compromise the integrity and availability of the network. For the defense, we present beacon-enabled MiniSec (BCN-MiniSec) and analyze its cost.