New plain-text authentication secure scheme for implantable medical devices with remote control

Taha Belkhouja, Xiaojang Du, Amr Mohamed, Abdulla K. Al-Ali, Mohsen Guizani

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Implantable medical devices are being increasingly used to treat or monitor different medical conditions. For such purposes, wireless is the most desired communication scheme to be implemented in these devices. On the other hand, the wireless scheme increases security threats on these electronic devices, and any possibility of attack on the medical device may have lethal consequences. The patients usually have their implantable medical devices configured and monitored by their doctors. But for practical purposes, most of the time they possess a remote control for daily non-critical operations. This remote control can be considered as an open gate for attackers to target those medical devices and cause major harm. Motivated by this, we analyze in this paper the communication scheme implemented in the wireless devices, having as a starting point an Implantable Insulin Pump to develop a new protocol that can be used in the remote controlimplantable device communication, and that will rely on plain text messages to avoid encryption implementation. Finally, we will analyze how the novelties introduced with this protocol can secure such a wireless link.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings - IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM
StatePublished - 2017
Event2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Dec 4 2017Dec 8 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing


  • Implantable insulin pump
  • Remote control
  • Secure authentication
  • Wireless communication


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