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Detecting Encrypted Traffic Activities and Patterns in ZigBee Network Data

“Detecting encrypted traffic activities and patterns in ZigBee network Data,” accepted for presentation at the 2023 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC), March 11, 2023.


With the increase in data transmissions and network traffic over the years, there has been an increase in concerns about protecting network data and information from snooping. With this concern, encryptions are incorporated into network protocols. From wireless protocols to web and phone applications, systems that handle the going and coming of data on the network have applied different kinds of encryptions to protect the confidentiality and integrity of their data transfers. The addition of encryptions poses a new question. What will be observed from encrypted traffic data? This work in progress research delivers an in-depth overview of the ZigBee protocol and analyzes encrypted ZigBee traffic on the ZigBee network. From our analysis, we developed possible strategies for ZigBee traffic analysis. Adopting the proposed strategy makes it possible to detect encrypted traffic activities and patterns of use on the ZigBee network. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that tries to understand encrypted ZigBee traffic. By understanding what can be gained from encrypted traffic, this work will benefit the security and privacy of the ZigBee protocol.

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