Securing online communications using MLC and MAS in E- health

Rossilawati Sulaiman, Dharmendra Sharma, Wanli Ma, Dat Tran

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In this paper, we establish a new security mechanism for online communications among users, specifically in the e-health domain. E-health, as a medium for information exchange among health practitioners, often involves exchanging and sharing information, which should be treated with utmost confidentiality. The multilayer communication approach (MLC) is used to provide a flexible way for users to select the best security methods to secure their communications. We choose multi agent system (MAS) as a supporting tool to implement MLC, because of their characteristics such as autonomous, interactive, extendible and mobile to cater for the security processes. We develop an agent-based system called MAgSeM, as well as a traditional non agent-based system, using Java socket system and run both systems to simulate a two-way communication. We evaluate the security performance of the two systems, in terms of the execution time and the overhead costs of the security processes. We found out that although the MAgSeM-based system performed slower than the Socketbased system, it gives better control and flexibility on the security to the sender of the message as well as security automation, compared with the Socket-based system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-604
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Keywords

  • Cryptography protocols
  • Multiagent system (MAS)
  • Multilayer security approach (MLC)

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Securing online communications using MLC and MAS in E- health. / Sulaiman, Rossilawati; Sharma, Dharmendra; Ma, Wanli; Tran, Dat.

In: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 9, 09.2012, p. 588-604.

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Sulaiman, Rossilawati ; Sharma, Dharmendra ; Ma, Wanli ; Tran, Dat. / Securing online communications using MLC and MAS in E- health. In: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 9. pp. 588-604.
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