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Security and Communication Networks
Volume 2017, Article ID 1467614, 7 pages
Research Article

A Comparative Evaluation of Algorithms in the Implementation of an Ultra-Secure Router-to-Router Key Exchange System

Telecommunications Engineering Program, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK 74135, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Nishaal J. Parmar; ude.uo@ramrap.laahsin

Received 1 September 2016; Accepted 26 October 2016; Published 12 January 2017

Academic Editor: Vincente Martin

Copyright © 2017 Nishaal J. Parmar and Pramode K. Verma. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a comparative evaluation of possible encryption algorithms for use in a self-contained, ultra-secure router-to-router communication system, first proposed by El Rifai and Verma. The original proposal utilizes a discrete logarithm-based encryption solution, which will be compared in this paper to RSA, AES, and ECC encryption algorithms. RSA certificates are widely used within the industry but require a trusted key generation and distribution architecture. AES and ECC provide advantages in key length, processing requirements, and storage space, also maintaining an arbitrarily high level of security. This paper modifies each of the four algorithms for use within the self-contained router-to-router environment system and then compares them in terms of features offered, storage space and data transmission needed, encryption/decryption efficiency, and key generation requirements.