SPHINX meets SAFECARE to address how valuable developing data will be mutually leveraged between the two projects

SAFECARE’s first  Awareness Event was held in Leuven and Vicky Moumtzi of the Vilabs represented SPHINX abiding by the spirit of H2020 Synergy. The contribution to this dissemination action led to the advent of a significant issue regarding whether and how the two projects will be able to interchange important insights on the mitigation of challenges that overlap them during their projected lifecycle.

The awareness event took place at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Member of SAFECARE’s Consortium, on 18th of September, congregating a series of security practitioners, healthcare stakeholders, policy experts and media to present the initial results of the project and discuss its future steps. In addition, representatives of other European projects in the security field communicated their respective work and shared the knowledge stemmed by their progress.

On behalf of SPHINX ViLabs Project Manager, Vicky Moumtzi, informed the attendees about the contribution to the security of Health IT Systems that SPHINX has envisioned to deliver, as well as about the results of Project’s research and development thus far. She commented on the current cybersecurity threats in Health and Care Sectors and argued about the tailored solutions produced by SPHINX Toolkit. On her closing remark, she referred to the value of a consistent and information-exchanging synergy between the related EU-funded concurrent projects, as the opportunities for collaboration can augment the future procedures for the involved Consortia.

Especially in terms of Health and Care IT Systems, SPHINX and SAFECARE share a deep focus on the cybersecurity of such domain and their scope should be considered inter-complementary. On the one side, SPHINX aims to proactively assess and mitigate cybersecurity threats producing a Certification Model along with a Toolkit applied on IT Systems, while SAFECARE works towards a protection system, which covers threat prevention, response and mitigation of impacts across infrastructures of Health Sector, among others.

Such commonalities regarding their targets enables the two projects to accumulate relative information during their projected lifecycle. A significant point of overlapping can be traced in the research outcomes upon the different types of threats that can be monitored in terms of identification, proactive assessment and prevention. As a result, a bilateral flow of information emerges as a purposeful action taken by SPHINX and SAFECARE, yet important challenges follow such potential. The synergy of the first Awareness Event of SAFECARE has pointed out the opportunity of closer cross-project interaction, and questions upon data storage, accessibility and confidentiality are waiting to be answered on future synergy activities.

The two projects are expected to collect common information especially on the type of different threats; how they are identified, how they can be assessed in advance and how can be prevented. Therefore, information exchange could be valuable for the research progress of the projects, but the exchange is a riddle to solve; where the data will be stored?  who will have access to such data?  Most data are confidential, however the community should be able share some of them, what is the EC position on this?