Secure publish-subscribe protocols for heterogeneous medical wireless body area networks Articles uri icon

publication date

  • November 2014

start page

  • 22619

end page

  • 22642


  • 12


  • 14

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1424-3210

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1424-8220


  • Security and privacy issues in medical wireless body area networks (WBANs) constitute a major unsolved concern because of the challenges posed by the scarcity of resources in WBAN devices and the usability restrictions imposed by the healthcare domain. In this paper, we describe a WBAN architecture based on the well-known publish-subscribe paradigm. We present two protocols for publishing data and sending commands to a sensor that guarantee confidentiality and fine-grained access control. Both protocols are based on a recently proposed ciphertext policy attribute-based encryption (CP-ABE) scheme that is lightweight enough to be embedded into wearable sensors. We show how sensors can implement lattice-based access control (LBAC) policies using this scheme, which are highly appropriate for the eHealth domain. We report experimental results with a prototype implementation demonstrating the suitability of our proposed solution.


  • Computer Science


  • attribute-based encryption; ehealth security; privacy; wearable sensors; wireless body area networks (wban); access control; cryptography; data privacy; networks (circuits); wireless local area networks (wlan); attribute-based encryptions; ciphertext policies; e-health securities; healthcare domains; prototype implementations; security and privacy issues;network security