Hybrid Trust Structure in Self-Organizing Networks

Hybrid Trust Structure in Self-Organizing Networks

Tong Zhou (University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA) and Lein Harn (University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jitn.2009040101
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A traditional service provider of telecommunications is recognized as an authority which is trusted by the subscribers and the public. Ad hoc and Peer to Peer (P2P) networks have demonstrated advantages that service provider controlled networks lack, and they also exhibit self-organizing behaviors. A pure self-organizing network does not rely on any hierarchical management. Instead, it utilizes a web of trust for security. Its trust management is complicated and varies from node to node. In this article, we discuss a hybrid trust structure that leverages the involvement of an authority in a self-organizing network to increase trust levels between disconnected small-worlds. The new model will help service providers design more robust and innovative solutions for next generation networks and applications.

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