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Semantic Security for E-Health: A Case Study in Enhanced Access Control

Lu, Yang, Sinnott, Richard O. (2016) Semantic Security for E-Health: A Case Study in Enhanced Access Control. In: 2015 IEEE 12th Intl Conf on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing and 2015 IEEE 12th Intl Conf on Autonomic and Trusted Computing and 2015 IEEE 15th Intl Conf on Scalable Computing and Communications and Its Associated Workshops (UIC-ATC-ScalCom). . pp. 407-414. IEEE ISBN 978-1-4673-7212-1. E-ISBN 978-1-4673-7211-4. (doi:10.1109/UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP.2015.90) (KAR id:80963)


Data collection, access and usage are essential for many forms of collaborative research. E-Health represents one area with much to gain by sharing of data across organisational boundaries. In such contexts, security and access control are essential to protect the often complex, privacy and information governance concerns of associated stakeholders. In this paper we argue that semantic technologies have unique benefits for specification and enforcement of security policies that cross organisation boundaries. We illustrate this through a case study based around the International Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) Registry ( - which typifies many current e-Health security processes and policies. We show how approaches based upon ontology-based policy specification overcome many of the current security challenges facing the development of such systems and enhance access control by leveraging existing security information associated with clinical collaborators.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP.2015.90
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R858 Computer applications to medicine. Medical informatics. Medical information technology
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunications > TK5105 Data transmission systems
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4045 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
University-wide institutes > Institute of Cyber Security for Society
Depositing User: Yang Lu
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2020 18:50 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 10:31 UTC
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