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Raising Awareness on Cybersecurity in Hospitals across Europe and Boosting Training Initiatives Driven by an Online Information Hub

Objective

Cybercrime has recently shifted from attacking big corporations to smaller industries, like financial services as well as the healthcare sector. Especially in the last area the trend is rising, where hackers are targeting patient health devices that are connected to the internet. Most cases include stealing patient information and encrypting it for ransom money. The big problem is interconnection, each application or device that runs on the networks represents a possible entry point for a cyber-physical attack. So far, most hackers infected hospital software with ransomware to prevent staff from accessing patient records or scheduling appointments. But capable terrorists would also be able, to render active medical devices not just useless, but deadly. Complete cybersecurity in the health sector is unachievable, and would exceed financial means; nevertheless, vital steps can be taken to minimize the risk of cyber- attacks against healthcare facilities. Around 85 percent of targeted cyber-attacks would be preventable if basic protection protocols would be established. The SecureHospitals.eu project seeks to raise awareness on risks and protection opportunities, setup training schemes and the initiate training sessions for IT staff working in hospitals. Through several training approaches, the project will boost the level of training in cybersecurity in Europe, improve the knowledge of staff and in turn contribute to decreased vulnerabilities against cyberthreats and increased patient trust and safety.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

INTERSPREAD GMBH
Address
Holochergasse 20/4
1150 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 260 000

Participants (7)

ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 143 125
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TIME.LEX
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 84 750
Address
Joseph Stevensstraat 7
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION PRIVADA HOSPITAL ASIL DEGRANOLLERS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 124 625
Address
Avenida Francesc Ribas S N
08402 Granollers
Activity type
Research Organisations
COOPERATIVA SOCIALE COOSS MARCHE ONLUS SOCIETA COOPERATIVA PER AZIONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 81 437,50
Address
Via Saffi 4
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARBEITER-SAMARITER-BUND WIEN GESUNDHEITS-UND SOZIALE DIENSTE GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Pillergrasse 24
1150 Wien
Activity type
Other
JOHANNITER INTERNATIONAL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 114 125
Address
Jozef Ii Straat 166
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
RESEAU EUROPEEN DU VIEILLISSEMENT ASBL
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
Avenue Marie-therese 11
2132 Luxembourg
Activity type
Other