Secure sensors data acquisition and communication protection in eHealthcare: review on the state of the art

Muhammad Yaseen, Kashif Saleem*, Mehmet A. Orgun, Abdelouahid Derhab, Haider Abbas, Jalal Al-Muhtadi, Waseem Iqbal, Imran Rashid

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Recent advances in hardware technology have led to the development of low cost, power efficient and more feature rich devices that are amongst the most critical parts of communication networks. These devices or sensors can now sense data with more accuracy, process it by themselves and send it to the neighboring node or the sink node. However, robust and reliable security mechanisms are not yet properly implemented on these sensors due to their limited energy and computation power. Sensors also play a very important role in eHealthcare systems where ubiquitous patient monitoring is performed. As data is generated from the sensor nodes, reliable, secure and attack-resistant data acquisition and transmission is important for an efficient eHealthcare systems. This survey focuses on security issues of sensors data acquisition and transmission protocols, describing their main security features and comparing them in the context of a secure eHealthcare system. A taxonomy of open issues and future challenges is also discussed with respect to specific security metrics described in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-726
Number of pages25
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • body sensor networks
  • communication system security
  • communication technologies
  • health information management
  • information security
  • metrics comparison
  • secure eHealthcare
  • wireless sensors networks


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