Cyber-Threats and Countermeasures in the Healthcare Sector

Submission Deadline: 15 April 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Cyber-Threats and Countermeasures in the Healthcare Sector.

According to the guidelines issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the healthcare sector is considered critical infrastructure. Healthcare and the public health sector caters to the most vulnerable population in our communities and has become one of the most targeted sectors by cyber criminals. There has been a constant increase in attacks on public health infrastructure. Patient history data has substantially higher monetary value compared with other types of personal or financial data. The increase in criminal activity is underpinned by the lack of awareness among users of technology and an astronomical growth in personal healthcare devices such as personal activity monitors, personalised medical devices (e.g., insulin pumps), digitisation of patient records from paper based records, and the increasing number of connected healthcare information systems to the Internet. In this Special Section in IEEE Access, we invite leaders in the healthcare security industry to enlighten readers of the cyber-threats and countermeasures to combat the growing security problems facing the healthcare sector.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Data Protection and methods of secure data governance
  • Medical Infrastructure Protection
  • Applications of Digital Forensics in Healthcare sector
  • Regulation and standards for medical device cyber protection
  • Medical devices security and post market surveillance
  • Patient and personal data safety
  • Socio-technical cybersecurity issues of using personal monitoring devices
  • Risk assessment in the healthcare and public health sector
  • Novel cryptologic solutions for the medical data
  • Cyber Security issues in assistive technologies for patient recovery
  • Cyber security issues and countermeasures in curation of medical data

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Associate Editor: Junaid Chaudhry, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Guest Editors:

  1. Metin Gurcan, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
  2. Craig Valli, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  3. Trish Williams, Flinders University, Australia
  4. Nasir Rajpoot, University of Warwick, UK
  5. Uvais Qidwai, Qatar University, Qatar


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Health Informatics for the Developing World
  2. Body Area Networks
  3. Security Analytics and Intelligence for Cyber Physical Systems


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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