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Comparative Study of Security in IEEE 802.11-2007 and IEEE 802.15.4-2006 for Patient Monitoring Environments

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5 Author(s)
Ahmad, A. ; Norfolk State Univ., Norfolk, VA, USA ; Riedl, A. ; Naramore, W.J. ; Nee-Yin Chou
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Extensive security is required for wireless networking in health care due to regulations for patient privacy and the necessary availability of protected health information for prescribed entities. IEEE 802.11-2007 and IEEE 802.15.4-2006 are compared with respect to their security provisions in the patient monitoring environment. This study demonstrates that IEEE 802.11-2007 has a slight edge over IEEE 802.15.4-2006 due to the specification of port-based user authentication with IEEE 802.1X/EAP. A security filtering database external to the wireless protocols may provide sufficient support to secure protected health information by automatically filtering protected data from disallowed entities.

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Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG), 2010 Seventh International Conference on

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12-14 April 2010