Chapter 8

Key Management and Key Distribution

8.1 Introduction to Key Management

Key management is the process of generating, distributing and maintaining the keys that are ­necessary for making a secure communication. There are many key management schemes that are available in the literature that are used for supporting multicast communication [4–5]. Since multicasting is an ­efficient and necessary communication mechanism for group-oriented applications such as interactive group games, video on demand, TV over Internet and e-learning, provision of security to such systems is an important and challenging issue. In order to provide secure multicasting, there are many multicast routing algorithms. Even though, the existing multicast routing ...

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