Adaptive Security in 6G for Sustainable Healthcare

Ijaz Ahmad (Corresponding author), Ijaz Ahmad, Erkki Harjula

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6G will fulfill the requirements of future digital healthcare systems through emerging decentralized computing and secure communications technologies. Digital healthcare solutions employ numerous lowpower and resource-constrained connected things, such as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). However, the current digital healthcare solutions will face two major challenges. First, the proposed solutions are based on the traditional IoT-Cloud model that will experience latency and reliability challenges to meet the expectations and requirements of digital healthcare, while potentially inflicting heavy network load. Second, the existing digital healthcare solutions will face security challenges due to the inherent limitations of IoMT caused by the lack of resources for proper security in those devices. Therefore, in this research, we present a decentralized adaptive security architecture for the successful deployment of digital healthcare. The proposed architecture leverages the edge-cloud continuum to meet the performance, efficiency, and reliability requirements. It can adapt the security solution at run-time to meet the limited capacity of IoMT devices without compromising the security of critical data. Finally, the research outlines comprehensive methodologies for validating the proposed security architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Health and Wireless Solutions
Subtitle of host publicationFirst Nordic Conference, NCDHWS 2024
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-59079-5
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2024
MoE publication typeB2 Part of a book or another research book
Event1st Nordic Conference on Digital Health and Wireless Solutions, NCDHWS 2024 - Hotel Lasaretti, Oulu, Finland
Duration: 7 May 20248 May 2024

Publication series

SeriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science


Conference1st Nordic Conference on Digital Health and Wireless Solutions, NCDHWS 2024
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This research is supported by the Business Finland projects Tomohead (grant 8095/31/2022), Eware-6G (grant 8819/31/2022), Sunset-6G (grant 8682/31/2022), and the Research Council of Finland 6G Flagship program (grant number 346208).


  • 6G
  • Adaptive Security
  • Healthcare
  • Internet of Things
  • Edge


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