Amount of Secrecy Loss: A Novel Metric for Physical Layer Security Analysis

Sai Li, Liang Yang, Mazen O. Hasna, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Jiayi Zhang

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In this letter, we present a novel and important performance metric for analyzing and evaluating the physical layer security of wireless communication systems in the presence of eavesdropping users. Specifically, we introduce the concept of amount of secrecy loss and derive the expressions that can quantify the severity of loss in systems with eavesdropping users. In addition, a new method for calculating the average secrecy rate is proposed. We further evaluate the performance of cooperative communication systems with the proposed performance metric to observe the behavior of different relaying schemes. Finally, simulation results are provided to verify the accuracy of the presented analytical expressions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1626-1630
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 19 2020

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was in part supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant 61671160, the Department of Education of Guangdong Province (No. 2016KZDXM050), the Hunan Natural Science Foundation under Grant (No. 2019JJ40043), the Science and Technology Program of Guangzhou (No. 201904010249), the Science and Technology Program of Changsha (kq1907112), and Open Foundation of the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China under Grant 2019GZKF03004.


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