Saturday, 06 June 2020 Sydney

Melbourne hospitals to host world-first cyber trial::

Melbourne’s hospitals will soon have cutting-edge cyber-security devices installed to protect medical equipment from being hijacked in a world-first global trial.

The State Government of Victoria will fund a pilot with hospitals in Melbourne’s west to trial 400 Cyber-Nexus anti-hacking devices developed by Israeli firm Bio-Nexus.

The devices provide a double-layered security protection for medical equipment including heart rate monitors and intravenous pumps to prevent compromise by hackers.

Protecting Victoria’s healthcare system from cyber-crime is of high priority to the Victorian Government.  Earlier in 2017, the United Kingdom’s NHS was victim to a global ransomware attack, with computers, medical equipment, patient records, appointment schedules, phone lines and emails all effected.

The A$457,000 project is being funded by the Victorian Government’s A$11 million Public Sector Innovation Fund, and is expected to run for around six months.  It will include the installation of devices, staff training, tests and results analysis.

The trial complements the work done by Victoria’s Cyber Security Centre, which houses the A$30 million Cyber Security Growth Centre, the CSIRO’s Data61 and Israeli cyber security training company CyberGym. It also follows the Victorian Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, a first of any Australian state, and Cyber Victoria, putting Melbourne on the path of becoming the first cyber-ready city in Australia.

The pilot is in addition to almost A$12 million provided in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget to establish a dedicated fund to protect hospitals from cyber-attacks.