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Enhancing Security in E-Health Communications using Multi-Agent System

Rossilawati Sulaiman1, Dharmendra Sharma1, Wanli Ma1 and Dat Tran1
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Journal of Computer Science
Volume 8 No. 5, 2012, 637-647


Submitted On: 1 December 2011 Published On: 17 February 2012

How to Cite: Sulaiman, R., Sharma, D., Ma, W. & Tran, D. (2012). Enhancing Security in E-Health Communications using Multi-Agent System. Journal of Computer Science, 8(5), 637-647.


Problem statement: In this study, we address the security needs in online communications, specifically in the e-health domain. We focus on how to provide different security strengths to different types of communications in e-health, where each communication transmits different types of information with different levels of sensitivity. Approach: The Multi-Agent System (MAS) approach is used to develop an agent-based system that can cater for distributed processes. We use the agents’ characteristics such as autonomous, interactive, extendible and mobile to handle the security processes for users in different environments and devices. We integrate different types of encryption algorithms with different security strengths in order to provide different security needs. Results: We present our security model called MAgSeM that consists of eight agents, which are skilled to complete its goal as well as the overall system goals autonomously. Conclusion: We conclude that MAgSeM security model is suitable not only for the e-health domain, but also other domains that practices online communications.

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  • Multi-agent system
  • security
  • cryptography protocols
  • e-health