The 4th Workshop on Cybersecurity in Healthcare 4.0

to be held in conjunction with the 19th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security

July 30 – August 02, 2024

Healthcare 4.0 services and infrastructures are more critical, sophisticated and interconnected than ever before, placing healthcare among the top sectors of major security risks. More complexity is brought by distributed and coordinated services delivery, resource constraint facing demographic stress, and various human factors, which require a new mind set and innovative solutions to cybersecurity. The situation is exacerbated by the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)/Internet of Things (IoT) enabled healthcare services and infrastructures, which are vulnerable to a variety of emerging cyber-attacks, and which pose rife with challenges. Since the CPS/IoT systems are classified as safety and security critical systems there is a need for understanding the cybersecurity, privacy and safety challenges facing a future healthcare system, and innovating the cybersecurity and privacy protection mechanisms to address these challenges.

Integrating safety and security requirements represent a major challenge due to CPS/IoT systems’ characteristics of fragmentation, interconnectedness, heterogeneity, cross-organizational nature and high interference between safety and security requirements. As technology continues to evolve, cybersecurity threats do as well. Healthcare 4.0 will therefore present expanded attack surface making the public safety risks higher for healthcare services and critical infrastructure through their interfaces and more flexible access to services and information. Such attacks can potentially lead to a violation of users’ privacy, physical damages, financial loses and threats to human life and preventing them is critical.

The rise of cyber-physical attacks shows us that the current, security solutions are unable to tackle the dynamicity, complexity, uncertainty, and high connectivity of Healthcare 4.0 services and critical infrastructures. These threats present us with a growing need for research and development in intelligent methods and techniques for cybersecurity, safety, forensic, adaptive privacy in Healthcare 4.0, and need for cybersecurity to become an integral part of patient safety.

The workshop on cybersecurity in Healthcare 4.0 will provide a discussion platform for researchers in the field and to share novel research on the topic.

Supported by the Center for Research-based Innovation (SFI) Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors (NORCICS)

Topics of interest comprise but are not limited to

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Healthcare 4.0 services and infrastructures
AI/machine learning for cybersecurity
Uncertainty quantification and risk management in Healthcare 4.0
New security design and analysis methods
Simulation and analysis of cybersecurity and privacy threats and attacks
Conversational AI In Healthcare: Privacy, Security And Trust
Confidential computing for healthcare data
AI and robotics enabled distributed healthcare infrastructures and services

Model and nudge security and privacy practices of healthcare staffs and patients
Proactive security monitoring mechanism for Healthcare 4.0
Distributed and heterogeneous security architectures for Healthcare 4.0
Methods for addressing the unreliability of local devices
Security, trust and privacy metrics
Federated learning and adversarial machine learning methods for Healthcare 4.0
Specific security and privacy demonstrators for Healthcare 4.0 scenarios

Important Dates

Submission Deadline April 21, 2024
Author Notification May 29, 2024
Proceedings Version (100% submitted to TAPS) June 18, 2024 (AoE)
ARES Conference July 30 – August 02, 2024

Workshop Chair

Svetlana Boudko
Norwegian Computing Center, Norway

Bian Yang
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Habtamu Abie
Norwegian Computing Center, Norway

Sokratis Katsikas
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Program Committee 2024 (tentative)

Cristina Alcaraz, University of Malaga, Spain
Manos Athanatos, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Crete – Greece
Federica Battisti, University of Padua, Italy
Sigurd Eskeland, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway
Lothar Fritsch, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Vasileios Gkioulos, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Dieter Gollmann, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Basel Katt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Wolfgang Leister, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway
Rudolf Mayer, SBA Research, Austria
Evangelos Markakis, the Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
Ethiopia Nigussie, University of Turku, Finland
Isabel Praça, GECAD/ISEP, Portugal
Narasimha Raghavan Veeraragavan, The Cancer Registry of Norway
Toktam Ramezanifarkhani, University in Oslo, Norway
Savola Reijo, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Tuomo Sipola, Jamk University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Giorgos Vasiliadis, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at