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Importance of cybersecurity for medical data

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 31 August 2018

Image of an Apple Watch on a person's wristA consultation with a doctor is widely imagined to be a very private affair; most take place behind a closed door, or a line of curtain. Patient confidentiality has also been considered the responsibility of the doctor since Hippocrates, but now, the ability to share information beyond a single doctor is often essential to provide continued treatment. Whether it is used to ensure a prescription can be picked up from a new location or to access life-saving expertise, this new pooling of patient data also poses an increased risk of loss, theft, or manipulation – making its security paramount. This article explores the interplay between cybersecurity with the healthcare sector, particularly in regards to medical trackers within the Internet of Things (IoT).

“And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets..”

– from the Hippocratic Oath, the earliest expression of medical ethics in the Western world

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Engineering the World Cup: Cybersecurity Behind the Scenes

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 11 July 2018

Image of a Football and the World CupGiven 2018 politics and the growing number of cybercriminals, what event showcases extensive, global cybersecurity threats better than the FIFA World Cup?

As we recently discussed in our previous article on Uptane, the internet has produced an era of increasing hyperconnectivity. While it may, at times, appear convenient —the problem lies in our ability to secure it all. There are now so many devices running on so many different networks that securing everything can be a logistical nightmare.

Cybercriminals have an artillery of tools at their disposal and a breadth of targets with which to direct them towards. What’s more, the ‘reputational reward’ for cybercriminal groups is on the rise, and the geopolitical landscape is becoming increasingly complex. As such, high-profile networks, governing bodies, and events are becoming prime targets for cyberattacks.

To that end, what event provides a better example of international cybersecurity challenges than the FIFA World Cup?

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Cybersecurity: The Dichotomy of AI

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 6 July 2018

Dichotomy of AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the world as we know it. It’s not just the tech world that’s feeling the heat. AI has seamlessly become a part of our everyday lives without us even realizing it.

Siri or Cortana, anyone?

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Inside China’s Great Firewall

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 17 September 2018

Image of Shanghai

From the outside looking in, China’s internet landscape can look unnecessarily restricted and censored. However, the situation on the inside of the country’s famous firewall may be quite different from how it is often portrayed in the media. In fact, the censorship model is starting to be replicated in other parts of the world, even in areas independent of the influence of Beijing. So, what is the infamous firewall, and why is it spreading?

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Preserving quality of life with less-invasive particle beam cancer therapy

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 30 August 2018

As we discussed earlier this month in our ‘State of Engineering’ highlight, healthcare engineering is fast becoming a multifaceted, multidisciplinary hub of innovation that encompasses wearable technology and smart equipment through to digital medicines and biopharmaceuticals. Throughout the month we’ve featured innovations such as smart wardrobes and bespoke rehabilitation systems, explored future trends in biomedical engineering, and discussed the interplay between healthcare and cybersecurity. However, additional to the day-to-day improvements to patient Quality of Life (QoL) afforded by these new technologies, another key focus of contemporary medical research lies in investigating new, more effective ways to combat diseases and health conditions, such as cancer. As such, we are turning to look at recent innovations in cancer therapy, examining a development by QEPrize donor company Hitachi that produces excellent results while limiting patient discomfort.

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The cyber race is on and AI engineering will be indispensable

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 1 August 2018

Image of a DNA Double Helix to represent DarkTrace's AI defence system as it mimics the human body.

The Internet of Things

From face recognition on our phones to Alexa virtual assistants — our lives are being fundamentally revolutionised by waves of new tech. We are developing smart cities, littering roads and traffic systems with sensors to monitor carbon monoxide levels and push traffic along, and our vehicles are soon to be autonomous. In the business world, new innovations are automating time-consuming and repetitive tasks, creating efficiencies and enhanced productivity never previously imagined.

But whilst hyper-connectivity and the Internet of Things produce a myriad of benefits, they also leave us more vulnerable to an increasingly sophisticated cyber-threat landscape.

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Secure Software Updates for Vehicles: Living in the age of Science Fiction

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 9 July 2018

Image of a person driving their car through Miami.

The Internet is one of the most revolutionary technologies ever developed, producing a level of hyper-connectivity that has fundamentally changed the way we behave. Unfortunately, this connectivity is also the Internet’s greatest weakness. Trishank Karthik Kuppusamy, Chief Security Solutions Engineer at Datadog, Inc. talks us through the security landscape and outlines how new software developments can help to keep drivers safe on the roads.

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The State of Engineering: Online Security and Cybercrime

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 3 July 2018

Image of a hacker in a dark room. Code is displayed in the background.

The realm of online security and cybercrime is an interesting space to watch. After the Hollywood limelight sensationalised them for years, the two topics are now moving away from popular culture. Lately, they’re located either in midst of socio-political debate or spread across the world’s media headlines.

Yet, at the same time, the field is a cornerstone of innovation. Rapid developments and the application of these innovations are paving the way forward for society. Funding continues to increase, and the perception of engineers in this area remains positive. The 2017 Create the Future report shows that 82% of international respondents see engineers as crucial to online security. As such, what is the state of engineering in this cybersecurity? Are advancements progressing as a self-contained endeavour, or are they more tightly interwoven with other processes? While the battle between engineers and cybercriminals rages on, where does the public fit?

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