University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Master of Engineering Science

Program

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Supervisor

Dr. Abdelkader Ouda, Dr. Abdallah Shami

Delay of Publication

1

Abstract

Wireless technology is fast becoming a very important tool for all aspects of communication. An area that lacks a strong implementation for wireless communication is the medical field. Wireless systems could be used by clinicians to be better able to diagnose and monitor patients. The reason behind the lack of adoption in healthcare is due to the need to meet the legislated and perceived requirements of security and privacy when dealing with clinical information. The current methods of wireless authentication are investigated and an existing issue in mobile networks is described and solved with two novel solutions; one solution within GSM and the other within UMTS. Strong authentication protocols are developed based on the existing wireless protocols, while using minimal messages and symmetric operations to limit resource utilization to meet the needs of the healthcare environment. To ensure the quality of the protocol a BAN (Burrows-Abadi-Needham logic) analysis is performed which verifies that the desired goals of the protocols are appropriately met within the results analysis. The developed security protocol is shown to be secure, uses minimal messages to maintain efficiency and meets the legal requirements to be used in medical wireless sensor networks.