Research & Development

Cybercare Research & Development

Connected medical devices can easily become victims of cyber-attacks or even become Trojan horses of large-scale cyber-attacks as they contain sensitive information. Existing cyber security solutions provide limited security measures, so they cannot cover the entire medical device interconnection network. The CyberCare solution is set to fill this gap and provide a holistic and multi-layered cyber security framework that will protect connected medical devices and the network they are connected to. Therefore, the project offers an Intelligent Threat Analysis & Situational Awareness System, which will be able to identify and assess vulnerabilities, enhance detection capabilities, response and recovery capabilities in connected medical devices and the hospital ecosystem. In addition, the information on potential cyber threats and related expertise generated and gathered by CyberCare will also enable medical device manufacturers to implement security and privacy by design into next-generation products. More specifically, the benefits of the proposed project will be significant for the following categories of users and stakeholders:

  • For Patients, protection of their sensitive personal data will be offered.
  • For Hospitals/Medical Centers, secure storage and processing of their patients’ medical files.
  • For Medical Device Manufacturers, they will enhance the level of security of medical devices during their design and be constantly informed about possible attacks so that they can protect them.
  • For the Research Community, the benefits are aimed at gaining knowledge of the cybersecurity research field and developing innovative technologies that can be exploited in the long term.

For Security Incident Response Teams, it will significantly contribute to standardized practices for incident response procedures, as well as continuous awareness of the attacks occurring.

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The project Cybercare is implemented under the National Action Plan: « Research – Create – Innovate» and is financed by national resources through the OP. Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EPANEK).
The project started in October 2021 and is expected to be completed in November 2023.
Scientific co-ordinator is Dr. Konstantinos. Votis and project co-ordinator is Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras from CERTH/ITI.

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