Tuesday, 21 January, 2020


Last year, on 21-22 January 2019, the PANACEA Research partners gathered together for the very first time, for the project kick-off at the renowned Gemelli University Hospital in Rome.

The first year of work focused on developing risk models, gathering requirements from healthcare organisations as end users of a people-centric approach to cyber security that covers both technological and organisational aspects.

Fast forward to 20-21 January 2020: the PANACEA General Assembly is hosted in Dublin by the Health Service Executive. The meeting zoomed in on key findings and early results from the first 12 months of activities, defining priorities and plans for next few months on the road to validation and rollout.

Now is the time to take forward user and technical requirements, building on the baselines set in the first year one of this 36-month research and innovation action under Europe’s Horizon 2020 programme. Key outputs will be a Toolkit as a tailored solution for healthcare organisations. Chief among the technology tools are dynamic risk management, secure design of IT systems and medical devices, secure information sharing (across borders and multitenant), improved identification and authentication.

But it doesn’t stop here. The focus on the human factor within PANACEA Research spans risk governance models, assurance, and behaviour nudging, including education, training with access to online tools. These are the direct outcomes of investigations into human behaviour aspects of cyber security and behaviour change. These will also key to bridging gaps between IT and medical staff with a focus on cyber risks and greater resilience to attacks by hackers outside and within the organisation.

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