Relay Selection for Secure Cooperative Networks with Jamming

Ioannis Krikidis, John S. Thompson, Stephen McLaughlin

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This paper deals with relay selection in cooperative networks with secrecy constraints. The proposed scheme enables an opportunistic selection of two relay nodes to increase security against eavesdroppers. The first relay operates as a conventional mode and assists a source to deliver its data to a destination via a Decode-and-Forward strategy. The second relay is used in order to create intentional interference at the eavesdropper nodes. The proposed selection technique jointly protects the primary destination against interference and eavesdropping and jams the reception of the eavesdropper. The new approach is analyzed for different complexity requirements based on instantaneous and average knowledge of the eavesdropper channels. In addition an investigation of an hybrid security scheme which switches between jamming and non-jamming protection is discussed in the paper. It is proven that an appropriate application of these two modes further improves security. The enhancements of the proposed selection techniques are demonstrated analytically and with simulation results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5003-5011
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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