Insights from the 3rd Consortium Meeting in Rome

Advancing the CYLCOMED Project

As the global community faces increasing challenges of cybersecurity, especially among connected medical devices, finding sustainable solutions becomes paramount. The CYLCOMED project stands with an ambitious goal of strengthening the cybersecurity of medical devices (e.g. CMDs, IVDs, SaMD), by enabling adoption by all ecosystem stakeholders of technologically sovereign and trustworthy cybersecurity methodologies and providing secure  and trusted toolboxes for connected medical devices and the environments in which they are managed and operated.

Gathering to share intel, insights and project learnings since the start of the project, which kicked-off in December 2022 as part of Horizon Europe, the CYLCOMED team met in Rome from March 14-15 to continue momentum on this exciting project.

Cybersecurity in (medical) practice

Overlooking the historic city of Rome, consortium members gathered at the internationally renowned Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù (OPBG), a comprehensive childrens polyclinic, accredited by the Joint Commission International as an academic hospital and is the largest paediatric hospital and research centre in Europe.

With a goal of delivering evidence-based comprehensive methodological and technical cybersecurity framework designed for health solutions, conversations flourished with technical and collaborative findings from project leaders – including physicians and researchers from OPBG.

Among the key takeaways were:

  • Engaging Discussions: We dove deep into key topics, in particular the need to well structure the plan for the clinical studies to seek and obtain the ethical approval for the pilot experimentations and validation.
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving: Together, we tackled challenges head-on, leveraging our collective expertise to find innovative solutions with respect to technical deployment and testing of the developed components, to validate and (re)assess the designed architecture and prepare for the pilots run.
  • Team Unity: More than just a meeting, the collaboration was a reaffirmation of our shared vision and values in the project objectives, levering the cross-sectorial expertise in the consortium and facilitating the dialog among medical doctors, engineers, researchers and domain experts.

The Third Consortium meeting of the CYLCOMED project served as a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and collective action in addressing the pressing challenges of our time. 

By bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise against the backdrop of one of the world’s most iconic cities and among physicians and researchers at Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, the project continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in cybersecurity.

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