Bio-inspired cybersecurity for wireless sensor networks

Salim Bitam, Sherali Zeadally, Abdelhamid Mellouk

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

25 Scopus citations


Rapid advances in information and communication technologies have led to the emergence of cyber-physical systems (CPSs). Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) play a pivotal role in CPSs, particularly for operations such as surveillance and monitoring. However, these WSNs are subject to various types of cyberattacks that can cause damage, theft, or destruction of sensitive data, in addition to disruption of services provided by CPSs. To strengthen cybersecurity in WSN-enabled CPSs, various researchers have proposed a new category of efficient algorithms, inspired by biological phenomena. We present a careful review of different bio-inspired techniques developed for improving cybersecurity of CPSs using WSNs. Additionally, we propose a generic bio-inspired model called Swarm Intelligence for WSN Cybersecurity (SIWC) that addresses drawbacks of prior bio-inspired approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7497769
Pages (from-to)68-74
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 IEEE.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Bio-inspired cybersecurity for wireless sensor networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this