Blockchain Technology: Is It a Good Candidate for Securing IoT Sensitive Medical Data?

Abstract : In the past few years, the number of wireless devices connected to the Internet has increased to a number that could reach billions in the next few years. While cloud computing is being seen as the solution to process this data, security challenges could not be addressed solely with this technology. Security problems will continue to increase with such a model, especially for private and sensitive data such as personal data and medical data collected with more and more smarter connected devices constituting the so called Internet of Things. As a consequence, there is an urgent need for a fully decentralized peer-to-peer and secure technology solution to overcome these problems. The blockchain technology is a promising just-in-time solution that brings the required properties to the field. However, there are still challenges to address before using it in the context of IoT. This paper discusses these challenges and proposes a secure IoT architecture for medical data based on blockchain technology. The solution introduces a protocol for data access, smart contracts and a publisher-subscriber mechanism for notification. A simple analytical model is also presented to highlight the performance of the system. An implementation of the solution as a proof of concept is also presented.
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Nabil Rifi, Nazim Agoulmine, Nada Chendeb Taher, Elie Rachkidi. Blockchain Technology: Is It a Good Candidate for Securing IoT Sensitive Medical Data?. Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2018, 2018, pp.1-11. ⟨10.1155/2018/9763937⟩. ⟨hal-01971008⟩

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