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ISRN Communications and Networking
Volume 2011, Article ID 692592, 8 pages
Review Article

A Review on Body Area Networks Security for Healthcare

1Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100190, China
2Graduate University of CAS, Beijing 100049, China
3CAS/CUHK Research Centre for Biosensors and Medical Instruments, Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering (IBHE), Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Shenzhen 518055, China
4The Key Laboratory of Health Informatics of CAS, Shenzhen 518055, China
5The Joint Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong

Received 18 March 2011; Accepted 2 May 2011

Academic Editors: H. Abdel-Wahab, R. Montemanni, and H. M. Sun

Copyright © 2011 Guang He Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Body area networks (BANs) are emerging as one of the main research trends in recent years, particularly in the area of personal health monitoring. Since health data are private and sensitive information, the security of data transmission within a BAN becomes a critical issue that requires immediate attention. In this paper, we attempt to examine possible attacks of the resource-constrained BANs and present state-of-the-art communication protocols, cryptographic methods, and key management schemes that are useful for BANs security. We will also discuss the problems of existing solutions and possible future research directions on security for BANs. A novel biometric method that utilizes the biological channels (biochannels) to assist secure information transmission within a BAN will also be highlighted and discussed.