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Medico Bazar 2020 spotlight: Cyber Security challenges in the health care sector


Internet of Things in the health care sector is on the rise with more physical devices being connected to the internet. However, the ongoing IoT excitement can lead to catastrophic consequences. DTU Professor advocates for raised awareness of Cyber threats in the health domain, and will present his insights at DTU Medico Bazar 2020.

The Cyber threat in Denmark is very high. This is the statement coming from Centre for Cyber Security’s latest report on the Cyber threat against Denmark from 2019 – especially within the areas of Cyber espionage and Cyber-crime. Cyber espionage involves foreign states trying to steal research data and is targeted different societal sectors, such as the health domain. Cyber-criminal attacks, however, can have severe consequences and lead to personal injuries.

Professor in Secure Pervasive Computing at DTU, Nicola Dragoni, is one of the people who take these threats very seriously.

It’s not an exaggeration to talk about a security and privacy disaster. Indeed, Cyber Security is one of the biggest challenges in the IoT domain, as well as one of its most embarrassing failures.

A security culture
According to Professor Dragoni, solving the problem is not an easy task. One of the reasons is that many users are unaware of security issues and can easily be deceived by simple attacks. Users represent the weakest link in the security chain – which can have severe consequences in the health domain.

If a hospital database gets hacked, it can lead to exposure of sensitive data to malicious actors who can force the hospital to pay large amounts of money in the hope to have all data back. Another horrific example is an attacker remotely controlling a medical device, such as a pacemaker or an insulin pump. In these cases, a hacker could potentially harm another human being.

To combat cyber threats, Professor Nicola Dragoni argues that we need to build a security culture. To do so, it is crucial to consider several dimensions; technical, societal and legislative – as well as raise awareness among policy makers, stakeholders and patients about the importance of Cyber Security issues. Because, as Nicola Dragoni concludes:

We all need to act, and to act now, if we don’t want to end up in a cybersecurity nightmare.

Take part in the discussion at Medico Bazar
At Medico Bazar 2020, you have the opportunity to hear Nicola Dragoni’s point of views on how to build a Cyber Security culture in the health care sector and what we can all do to avoid ending up in the firm grip of hackers.

The session takes place from 10.30 – 12.00 and includes pitches from innovative companies working to combat Cyber-crimes. You can hear pitches from Wehowsky, ColorTokens, Dencrypt, Zybersafe, Limes Security, Heimdal Security, UniqKey, Priway and Force Technology. The pitches are facilitated by Danish Hub for Cybersecurity. The Point of View Session on Cybersecurity is one of four sessions taking place at Medico Bazar at DTU on March 12.

At the other sessions you can hear about:

  • How biological data can be crunched to create better medical practices
  • How to implement new technologies at hospitals
  • How to use artificial intelligence and imaging technologies in hospitals.

See the full programme and sign up.  

Af: Hannah Østergaard Fog, innovation og kommunikation, DTU, hosfo@dtu.dk.
Foto: Medico Bazar 2018

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