Carleton University has just recently launched an approximately $2 million project in association with the CSSP.
The CSSP is the Canadian Department of National Defence’s Safety and Security Program and promotes collaboration amongst all levels of government and certain organizations. They focus on supporting projects that enhance the development of S&T (science and technology) solutions to resolve capability gaps in organizations.
In partnership with Public Safety Canada and other partners, they are improving the security of e-health systems through financing Carleton University’s project.
The research project will be led by Carleton professor, Mohamed Ibnkahla. He is recognized on an international level for his efforts in wireless communications and IoT, Internet of Things, systems. Ibnkahla, along with fellow Department of Systems and Computer Engineering faculty member Jason Jaskolka, will investigate the vulnerability of e-health systems to cyber-attacks over a three-year funding period.
EVAMAX supports this undertaking for we believe that giving importance to secured data for e-health systems will benefits us all.
Currently, the healthcare industry uses millions of medical devices to deliver patient treatments as well as mitigate potential expenses. These medical devices along with other IoT devices collect an abundance of personal data and are connected to their institution’s network.
This places these devices at high risk for privacy breaches and cyber-attacks, and the number of devices connected is only going to continue to grow larger.
Statistically speaking, research shows that over 90% of current healthcare providers have suffered a data breach over the past two years.
This is due to the rapid advancements in technology society has experienced as of late, which leads to a higher quantity of medical devices being used but also exposes more vulnerability to cyber attacks.
Carleton University will place its efforts towards developing a system that is, according to Ibnkahla, “capable of enhancing the privacy and protection of information, and the resilience of connected devices in the health sector, through the early detection and prevention of cyberattacks”.
The project will provide solutions that enable secure/reliable IoT and e-health systems despite the abundance of information they contain. Throughout the project’s duration, they will test the new system in a real-world hospital as well as prepare a road map for the security of IoT and e-health systems.
The road map will provide those in the healthcare industry with the best practices to ensure the privacy and reliability of connected medical devices.
When looking at the situation as a whole, it’s obvious that the privacy of connected IoT and e-Health systems is absolutely critical. Patient data and personal information should be treated with high security due to the significant value they hold.
With technology advancing at the pace it is, it’s only more likely that the number of e-health privacy breaches or breach attempts will increase. The CSSP’s collaboration with Carleton University will hopefully work towards resolving the current challenges faced by IoT-enabled e-health systems.
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