Title

Cybersecurity for wireless implants

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

IoP Publishing

Place of Publication

Bristol, UK

School

Security Research Institute

RAS ID

25658

Comments

Originally published as: Zheng, G., Shankaran, R., & Valli, C. (2017). Cybersecurity for wireless implants. In Mukhopadhyay, S. C., & Islam, T. (Ed.), Wearable sensors: applications, design and implementation (pp. 8-27). Bristol, UK: IoP Publishing. Original article available here

Abstract

This chapter aims to conduct a comprehensive survey and analysis of IMD security challenges and potential solutions. Typical IMD products and their wireless communication modules are introduced first. Security problems of these IMDs are demonstrated by ethical hacking tests on pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and insulin pump systems. In order to develop a viable security scheme for IMDs, three critical design trade-offs are analyzed: security versus accessibility, emergency access versus checkup access, and security versus limited resources. Security schemes for the purpose of achieving each trade-off are surveyed and analysed, and their advantages and drawbacks are highlighted.

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