With the advent of modern communications systems, much attention has been put on developing methods for securely transferring information between constituents of wireless sensor networks. To this effect, we introduce a mathematical programming formulation for the key management problem, which broadly serves as a mechanism for encrypting communications. In particular, an integer programming model of the q-Composite scheme is proposed and utilized to distribute keys among nodes of a network whose topology is known. Numerical experiments demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed model are conducted using using a well-known optimization solver package. An illustrative example depicting an optimal encryption for a small-scale network is also presented.

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