Cybersecurity and Covid-19: experiences from the frontline

As governments and global organisations try to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber criminals have grasped the opportunity to intensify their malicious activities against hospitals and other medical facilities. At a time when medical systems are straining to respond to the virus, we must take steps to protect health infrastructure from cyber-attacks.

In this webinar, PANACEA Research shares its first-hand experiences in healthcare cybersecurity during the pandemic. The webinar will also discuss the cybersecurity lessons learnt from the frontline over the past few months, as well as the good practices defined by European and global organisations in the field. It will seek to answer questions like: How can we improve cybersecurity in the healthcare sector? How can medical systems build resilience against cyber-attacks and risks in an increasingly digital environment? What can we learn for possible similar crises in the future? 



Sabina Magalini, MD; H2020 Panacea Project Coordinator - Department of Surgery of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and Policlinico Gemelli
Sabina Magalini

Senior Surgeon of the Emergency and Trauma Surgery Unit at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Gemelli (FPG) and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Rome Catholic University School of Medicine (UCSC). She is also an Associate Researcher of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR-IASI); Fellow of the American College of Surgeon, of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and of the European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES).

Her main interests focus on hospital surge plans, medical response to major incidents, emergency and trauma care system, decision support systems for major emergencies, training guidelines and standards in the framework of EU Programme projects (SICMA, EDEN, PULSE, REACHING OUT, ENCIRCLE, NO-FEAR). To all of these she actively participated as Investigator.

Kallia Anastasopoulou; PhD, Health Policies Planning and Development Directorate - 7th Health Region of Crete
Kallia Anastasopoulou

Senior Researcher in Privacy & Data Protection at the University of Bristol, with a PhD in Privacy Decision-Making and an MSc in Technologies & Management of Information and Communication Systems from the School of Engineering at the University of the Aegean. She acquired experience in smart technologies, data protection and cybersecurity through participation in EU and National research projects from smart transportation to mobile eHealth environments. She is interested in how these technologies can be used to deliver a more sustainable future. She also worked as project manager in various R&D projects, and as an information systems consultant in the industry. She currently works at the 7th Healthcare Region and the R&D dept., applying all the above knowledge in real environments. She is a certified Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) Lead Auditor based on ISO 27001:2013 and member of ACM and IAPP.

Matteo Merialdo; Manager, Security Research and Development Projects - RHEA
Matteo Merialdo

Mr. Matteo Merialdo is an experienced project manager with over sixteen (16) years of experience in system architecture and technical project management, with a focus on security-by-design and cyber-risk analysis.
He has wide experience on managing large cyber-security collaborative projects, including:
- FP7s and H2020s;
- European Space Agency GSTP and Artes.
He actually works as Project Implementation Coordinator for the H2020 ECHO project ( and as Technical Project Manager for the H2020 PANACEAresearch project ( He is also managing the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence project for the European Space Agency (

Stephanie Parker; Senior Research Analyst - Trust-IT Services
Stephanie Parker

The webinar panels will be moderated by Stephanie Parker, Senior Research Analyst at Trust-IT and Vice-Chairperson of the 5G-IA Pre-Standardization Working Group.

Pasquale Mari - Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli

From 1987 Mr. Pasquale Mari has been working as management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, Capgemini and PwC.
Currently he operates as a freelance consultant and collaborates with Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli in the context of research and innovation projects.
He has worked in several international assignments, serving clients including WFP+UNICEF+UNHCR+OCHA (Return On Investment project), IFAD, UNDP, ETF and EFSA (EU Agencies), OCCAR (international military procurement agency based in Bonn), LPTIC (Libyan Telecommunication state owned company), Zambon France (Pharma Industry), ENI (Oil Industry), Finmeccanica (Aerospace & Defence Industry), Vodafone (Telecom Industry), EU funded projects (PULSE, NO-FEAR projects dealing with Emergency Management). He is member of the LUISS University Business School (Rome) faculty, teaching organization, workforce rightsizing, business process reengineering.