Secure Key Agreement for Wearable Medical Devices

Alexander J. Kasparek, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


In this thesis we explore if a proposed random binary sequence generation algorithm can be combined with a separately proposed symmetric key agreement protocol to provide usable security for communications in Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN). Other previous works in this area fall short by only considering key generation between two of the same signals or allowing for key generation between two different types of signals but with the cost of a significant signal collection time requirement. We hoped to advance this area of research by making secure key generation more efficient with less signal collection time and allowing keys to be generated between two sensors that measure two different physiological signals. However, while the binary sequence generation algorithm and key agreement protocol perform well separately, they do not perform well together. The combined approach yields keys that have good properties for use in a WBAN, but the generation rate is low.