On the security of cognitive radio networks

Maged Elkashlan, Lifeng Wang, Trung Q. Duong, George K. Karagiannidis, Arumugam Nallanathan

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Cognitive radio has emerged as an essential recipe for future high-capacity, high-coverage multitier hierarchical networks. Securing data transmission in these networks is of the utmost importance. In this paper, we consider the cognitive wiretap channel and propose multiple antennas to secure the transmission at the physical layer, where the eavesdropper overhears the transmission from the secondary transmitter to the secondary receiver. The secondary receiver and the eavesdropper are equipped with multiple antennas, and passive eavesdropping is considered where the channel state information (CSI) of the eavesdropper's channel is not available at the secondary transmitter. We present new closed-form expressions for the exact and asymptotic secrecy outage probability. Our results reveal the impact of the primary network on the secondary network in the presence of a multiantenna wiretap channel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3790-3795
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2015


  • Cognitive radio
  • multiple antennas
  • physical layer security
  • wiretap channel


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