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HArmonization for the secuRity of the web technologies and aPplications


Internet is a completely open network putting all security components (confidentiality, authenticity, integrity, availability) at risk. The evolution and rapid change of the Web technologies bring uncertainty and confusion. The security issue should be resolved before applications over the Web can be realised. The objectives of this project (development and demonstration of tools for the harmonisation of applied and emerging Web oriented security systems in telemedicine) is a challenging task that can only be achieved within the framework of an international and targeted co-ordination. Links with health authorities and all relevant standardisation bodies will be achieved in order to contribute valuable impact in order to solve the security problem over the Web focused in the telemedicine sector. The literature, the wealth of existing results, findings and actual testing will provide guidance to HARP.

The overall objective of this project is to develop technologies and tools for the integration of Web oriented security systems and combine coherent services to demonstrate and quantify the value of security tools/mechanisms/systems harmonisation in business and citizen needs in the Information Society.

This overall objective is broken down into the following sub-objectives:
a) Review/analyse Web components used in the telemedicine sector in terms of security,
b) Investigate the impact of TTPs in the secrrity of Web-based telemedicine applications.
c) Develop harmonising software and tools to cope with the diversity of the Web components,
d) Design, integrate, validate a harmonising, cost-effective, user-friendly security platform based on TTPs for securing integrated telemedicine applications,
e) Demonstrate HARP's integrated security solution in the telemedicine sector,
f) Disseminate the project results to the widest possible audience.

Work description:
To achieve the project's objectives the work will be split into four phases: In Phase A ("Feasibility Study"), HARP will develop metrics, methods, criteria and test methodologies that will be used to identify, classify, evaluate and compare Web components, investigate how TTP technology can be used to prevent the various risks introduced by the Web use, and draw evaluation criteria for the project results and pilot operation targeted in the telemedicine sector. In Phase B ("Design and Development"), harmonising tools and mechanisms will be designed so as to allow TTPs to cope with the diversity on the Web-based telemedicine applications. A cross-security platform based on the TTP technology will be developed. Platform specific security features will be isolated and communicate with them through an abstraction layer that will work for all platforms. This will be accomplished by letting visible interface of a platform specific case define how client code accesses a function without regard of how the function is implemented. In Phase C ("Pilot Evaluation"), the designed platform and the developed TTP services/functions will be integrated and evaluated. For the evaluation, phase A will be used as a yardstick. The trial network will reflect the TTP architecture n specific telemedicine scenarios. Phase D ("Promotion") includes the production of guidelines that will cover all the information cases, techniques and algorithms. Workshops and meetings with key actors from health authorities, industry, business and academia will help defining security specifications and conditions for commercial deployment of related products. HARP will establish a continuous collection and dissemination of results obtained in security projects.

M1 Health Authorities interest in harmonising security has been established
M2 Collaboration with Telemedical Pilot Site Established
M3 Appraisal and Evaluation Study Completed.
M4 Exploitation Plan Composed
M5 Specifications of a TTP Harmonising Cross-security Platform Completed.
M6 Design of the Proposed Harmonising Cross-security Platform Completed.L%M7 Platform Tests Completed.
M8 Validation Completed
M9 Dissemination Activities Completed

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