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SPHINX contributes to first International Workshop of CUREX on Security and Privacy in Healthcare

CUREX project took part in the 18th Web Intelligence conference (WI’19), where it held its first International Workshop on Security and Privacy in Healthcare (SPH). Proffesor Vagelis Papakonstatninou of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) was one of the two key note speakers that the workshop featured, thus representing SPHINX to one more synergy action between Horizon2020 related projects.

The workshop of CUREX was organised within the International Conference on Web Intelligence that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 14th of October. During this event, the sister-project of SPHINX focused on discussing a set of issues raised on e-health related aspects. As a result, the workshop included  two key note speeches by Prof. Papakonstantinou as mentioned above and Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis  of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), President of the Greek Biomedical Technology Society and member of the Medical Physics Laboratory. who discussed the benefits and implications of collecting everyday data through ubiquitous, long-term recordings to support vulnerable populations.

In regard to SPHINX’s contribution to the event, its consortium member, Prof. Papakonstantinou stressed the need for identifying specific actions to mitigate cyber-security challenges on the field of healthcare. His message was that healthcare carries special meaning in legal, ethical, and security context. Hence the emerging problematics affect a wide spectrum of groups, from the actual patients to doctor, researchers, entire healthcare organisations and even contracted insurance companies. Both in terms of efficient protection of human rights and compliance with the current legislation, Prof. Papakonstantinou commented that the relative projects have to act promptly considering solutions that will take into account the diverse concurrent legislation and the different characteristics and ethical prerequisites of varying stakeholders, like security industry, medical organisations, civic society etc.

In addition, four scientific papers were presented. Namely, Prof. Christos Xenakis from University of Piraeus (Greece) presented the tailored for healthcare environments security solutions offered by CUREX. Prof. Suzanna Schmeelk from St. John’s University (USA) presented her research on identity theft through the lens of medical record data breaches, under the HIPAA/HITECH regulations enforced in the United States. Michail Bampatsikos from Demokritos research institute (Greece), proposed the BARRET architecture to protect healthcare IoT devices against computational denial of service attacks. Finally, Yasuyuki Tanaka from NTT Communications Corporation (Japan) demonstrated a method of efficiently collecting malicious candidate URLs to generate highly accurate blacklists, which can be adapted for the health sector.

The workshop constituted a significant opportunity for pundits of overlapping fields, yet different organisations, to come together and exchange valuable insights about technical specifications applied to development of cyber-security solutions for healthcare sector.