Towards Trust-Aware Health Monitoring Body Area Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

In many advanced economies of the world, the rising cost of healthcare has become an urgent problem. Wearable networks formed by lightweight sensors and communication devices - Body Area Sensor Networks (BASNs) offer a potential way to achieve universal healthcare, but in order to get wide user acceptance, these networks need to be made highly secure and reliable. While traditional cryptographic network security mechanisms can be applied to BASNs to ensure data secure communications, the fact that these networks need to be closely intertwined into social communities, human factors need to be carefully considered to achieve the desired level of reliability.

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