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Cyber-security Considerations for Real-Time Physiological Status Monitoring: Threats, Goals, and Use Cases

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Technical Report

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States

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Real-time monitoring of physiological data can reduce the likelihood of injury in noncombat military personnel and first-responders. MIT Lincoln Laboratory is developing a tactical Real-Time Physiological Status Monitoring RT-PSMsystem named OBAN Open Body Area Network, the purpose of which is to provide an open, government-owned framework for integrating multiple wearable sensors and applications. The current OBAN implementation accepts data from various sensors enabling calculation of physiological strain information, which may be used by squad leaders or medics to assess the teams health and enhance safety and effectiveness of mission execution. Security in terms of measurement integrity, confidentiality, and authentication is an area of interest because OBAN system components exchange possibly sensitive data in military applications. In this paper, we analyse potential cyber-security threats and their associated risks to an implementation of the OBAN architecture and identify directions for future research. The threat analysis is intended to inform the development of secure RT-PSM architectures.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Computer Programming and Software

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