Physical layer security for wireless implantable medical devices

Z. Esat Ankarali, A. Fatih Demir, Marwa Qaraqe, Qammer H. Abbasi, Erchin Serpedin, Huseyin Arslan, Richard D. Gitlin

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Abstract

Wireless communications are increasingly important in health-care applications, particularly in those that use implantable medical devices (IMDs). Such systems have many advantages in providing remote healthcare in terms of monitoring, treatment and prediction for critical cases. However, the existence of malicious adversaries, referred to as nodes, which attempt to control implanted devices, constitutes a critical risk for patients. Such adversaries may perform dangerous attacks by sending malicious commands to the IMD, and any weakness in the device authentication mechanism may result in serious problems including death. In this paper we present a physical layer (PHY) authentication technique for IMDs that does not use existing methods of cryptology. In addition to ensuring authentication, the proposed technique also provides advantages in terms of decreasing processing complexity of IMDs and enhances overall communications performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE 20th International Workshop on Computer Aided Modelling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, CAMAD 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages144-147
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781467381864
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2016
Event20th IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modelling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, CAMAD 2015 - Guildford, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20159 Sep 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE 20th International Workshop on Computer Aided Modelling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, CAMAD 2015

Other

Other20th IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modelling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, CAMAD 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGuildford
Period7/9/159/9/15

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Keywords

  • Body area networks
  • Implantable medical devices (IMDs)
  • In-vivo wireless communications
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Ankarali, Z. E., Demir, A. F., Qaraqe, M., Abbasi, Q. H., Serpedin, E., Arslan, H., & Gitlin, R. D. (2016). Physical layer security for wireless implantable medical devices. In 2015 IEEE 20th International Workshop on Computer Aided Modelling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, CAMAD 2015 (pp. 144-147). [7390497] (2015 IEEE 20th International Workshop on Computer Aided Modelling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, CAMAD 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CAMAD.2015.7390497