Secure Communication under Channel Uncertainty and Adversarial Attacks

Rafael F. Schaefer, Holger Boche, H. Vincent Poor

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Information theoretic approaches to security have been examined as a promising complement to current cryptographic techniques. Such information theoretic approaches establish reliable communication and data confidentiality directly at the physical layer of a communication network by taking the properties of the noisy channel into account leading to unconditional security regardless of the computational capabilities of eavesdroppers. The provision of accurate channel state information is a major challenge particularly in wireless communication systems, especially information about the channels to eavesdroppers. In addition, there might be malevolent adversaries who jam or influence the channel of the legitimate users. This paper surveys different models for secure communication under channel uncertainty and adversarial attacks and reviews the corresponding secrecy capacity results, which characterize the maximum rate at which information can be sent to legitimate receivers while being kept perfectly security from eavesdroppers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7217803
Pages (from-to)1796-1813
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Arbitrarily varying channel
  • common randomness
  • compound channel
  • continuity
  • robustness
  • secrecy capacity
  • wiretap channel


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