The Ladon security protocol, developed by Spain's University of the Basque Country/EHU researcher Jasone Astorga in the 12T (Telematics Research and Engineering) research group, protects the information provided by pacemakers and similar medical devices connected to the Internet.

University of the Basque Country/EHU

The remote monitoring of implantable, wireless medical sensors is a constantly advancing field, which nevertheless still has clear shortcomings. The direct connection of medical sensors to the Internet is the next natural step, and will enable doctors to obtain the information stored by the sensors at any moment and from any device connected to the Internet.

Despite its great potential, the success of such a monitoring system is determined, among other factors, by the protection of the privacy of the information transmitted.

The Ladon security protocol is an efficient mechanism to authenticate, authorize, and establish the end-to-end keys (keys for communication between the terminal used by the doctor and the patient's device).