Protection and privAcy of hospital and health iNfrastructures with smArt Cyber sEcurity and cyber threat toolkit for dAta and people

PANACEA Research is driving a people-centric approach to cyber security in healthcare. Running from January 2019 to December 2021, this research and innovation action will design, develop and deploy the PANACEA Toolkit for uptake in hospitals, care centres and other medical facilities.

PANACEA Research is for medical and IT staff working in healthcare organisations, meeting the need to enhance cyber security and patient safety. To this end, PANACEA has three end-user partners, namely Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, the 7th Health Region of Crete and the South-South West hospital group of the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland. PANACEA also works with an End-users and Stakeholders Platform to ensure independent guidance and feedback.

The PANACEA Toolkit and its benefits to the cyber security healthcare

PANACEA end-users will benefit from advances in cyber security assessment and preparedness of healthcare IT infrastructures and connected devices. Feedback from these healthcare stakeholders includes interviews and workshops with medical and non-medical staff, IT teams, senior managers and administrative staff, thereby ensuring a solid people-centric basis for the development, validation and adoption of the PANACEA Toolkit.

To meet both human and technical requirements, PANACEA Research is developing a solution toolkit with 4 cyber health tech and 3 organisational tools. The tech tools aim for a technology readiness level of 6 with a prototype system tested by end-user partners.

  • Dynamic risk assessment and mitigation: threat modelling, attack modelling, response management through technical and human-centric security measures, and visual analytics.
  • Blockchain for secure information sharing of healthcare data.
  • Identification and authentication: cryptographic authentication protocols, biometric recognition/digital identity, IoMT identification.
  • Security-by-design: methods and tools for healthcare systems and software.
  • Secure behaviour decision models and influencers.

Stay tuned as we bring you more details about PANACEA Research and the latest achievements and contribution to the cybersecurity healthcare community.

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Sabina Magalini c/o Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli, E-Mail: sabina.magalini@unicatt.it