Title: Security management in Wireless Sensor Networks for healthcare

Authors: Tae Oh, Young B. Choi, Jungwoo Ryoo, Kristian Stokes

Addresses: Department of Networking, Security and Systems Administration, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, USA. ' Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Technology, School of Undergraduate Studies, RH 464, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464-9800, USA. ' Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University-Altoona, 147 LRC 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601, USA. ' Department of Networking, Security and Systems Administration, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, USA

Abstract: This paper first discusses emerging security threats, requirements and solutions for WSNs. In addition, the current applications and architectures of WSNs in healthcare systems are explained in detail. Then an assessment framework for WSN security for healthcare is developed to determine the security impact of WSNs on the healthcare applications. This framework will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each WSN security architecture and standard for healthcare. Lastly, solutions to close the gap between the existing and idea security will be proposed as well as the future directions for WSN security management.

Keywords: mobile communications; wireless sensor networks; WSNs; WSN security management; healthcare technology; wireless networks; security threats; security requirements; e-health; electronic healthcare.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2011.040145

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2011 Vol.9 No.2, pp.187 - 207

Available online: 18 May 2011 *

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