05 April 2019

Although the Internet is advancing a broad range of magnificent opportunities, security must remain at the forefront of our minds as we continue to develop and implement the technology.
In a complex and an articulated landscape of cybersecurity, a sensitive industry on this issue is represented by the health sector. The critical factors are related to the delicate nature of data treated and the services provided. The digital era brought a massive use of new devices and solutions in the health field such as the telehealth monitoring services, Electronic Health Records (EHR) and new mobile health applications (mHealt). This means that the health industry is living in a time of great perspectives but also great perils. In fact, the use of these technologies has made the sector particularly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The increasing adoption of cloud computing solutions, decentralized architectures, remote assistance and the proliferation of wearable devices have led to the spread of malicious applications and cyber-crime phenomena. The latest years have seen a boom of cyber violations in the health system. One need only think, for example, of the cyber-attack at Anthem Health Care. The attack involved more than 78,8 million people.

The main challenges in digital health security are the Data preservation, access and modification. Another peril is represented by the Data Exchange, in fact it could happen internally between two or more parties belonging to the same health authority or externally. In this case, it involves multiple stakeholders belonging to different health institutions, perhaps in different countries.

This is where PANACEAresearch comes into play. The project is on the side of the private and public institutions offering innovative cybersecurity solutions in healthcare.

PANACEAresearch and its innovative cybersecurity solutions for the healthcare system.

The project will develop an innovative cybersecurity toolkit as a platform for dynamic risk assessment, secure information sharing & security-by-design. The toolkit combines technical and non-technical elements. Technical elements include software platforms for dynamic risk assessment, secure information sharing and security-by-design. Non-technical elements include procedures, governance models and people behaviour tools.


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