Project Info

Project Details

Title Raising Awareness on Cybersecurity in Hospitals across Europe and Boosting Training Initiatives Driven by an Online Information Hub
Duration 26 Months
GA Number 826497
Topic ID H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-1
Call Raising awareness and developing training schemes on cybersecurity in hospitals
Funding Scheme H2020
Project Type CSA: Coordination and Support Action

Project Background

Cybercrime has recently shifted from attacking big corporations to smaller industries, like financial services as well as the healthcare sector. Especially in the last area the trend is rising, where hackers are targeting patient health devices that are connected to the internet. Most cases include stealing patient information and encrypting it for ransom money. The big problem is interconnection, each application or device that runs on the networks represents a possible entry point for a cyber-physical attack. So far, most hackers infected hospital software with ransomware to prevent staff from accessing patient records or scheduling appointments. But capable terrorists would also be able, to render active medical devices not just useless, but deadly. Complete cybersecurity in the health sector is unachievable, and would exceed financial means; nevertheless, vital steps can be taken to minimize the risk of cyber- attacks against healthcare facilities. Around 85 percent of targeted cyber-attacks would be preventable if basic protection protocols would be established. The project seeks to raise awareness on risks and protection opportunities, setup training schemes and the initiate training sessions for IT staff working in hospitals. Through several training approaches, the project will boost the level of training in cybersecurity in Europe, improve the knowledge of staff and in turn contribute to decreased vulnerabilities against cyberthreats and increased patient trust and safety.



AGGREGATE all existing knowledge on cybersecurity in hospitals filtering the most relevant for the development of high-quality trainings supported by innovative e-approaches.


CREATE tailor-made training materials for trainers and IT practitioners to ensure the effective uptake of knowledge on data protection and privacy and cybersecurity measures.


TRAIN the trainers and practitioners all over Europe using different online and on-site training methods targeting stakeholders at the European and the local level.


COMMUNICATE training needs, developments of the training schemes, project training initiatives and further awareness raising on the online awareness and information hub.


RAISE awareness among decision makers and IT practitioners in hospitals and care centres across Europe on the importance cybersecurity and continuous training of all affected staff.

Open Information and Awareness Hub

The online space created for the community of practice will bring together healthcare personnel, IT and cybersecurity experts, trainers, training organisation, decision makers at different levels, researcher, and solution providers with the aim of sharing information, materials and practices and growing stronger together.

Training Activities

During the course of project, a minimum of 10 webinars and workshops all over Europe will be carried out for raising awareness on common practices and strategies on cybersecurity. A summer school and a Massive Open Online Course will serve practitioners to deepen their knowledge and build more solid strategies for their organisations.