This study introduces a novel scientific foundation to manage security and reliability in resource scarce environments such as wireless edge networks. We present encryption techniques based on erasure correction codes. The scheme provides adaptive security and reliability depending on the resource availability, channel error conditions, threat levels, and the application requirements. To increase the strength of encryption in our design, we also employ compression, transposition, and intentional data loss. Due to the XOR based implementation of LEC codes, the proposed schemes are quite cost-effective and highly scalable. We validate our scheme through prototypical implementation and present results with regard to the avalanche effect it provides.