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Covid-19: Keeping the European Citizens Healthy is a SHAPES Priority

5th May 2020

We at SHAPES want to ensure that you and your family and friends are keeping safe during this time.

SHAPES project aims to create an open Ecosystem enabling the large-scale deployment of digital solutions for healthy and independent living addressed to older individuals who face reduced functionality and capabilities. The outbreak of COVID-19, a new form of coronavirus, and its rapid spread around the world has obviously required the project partners to make rapid decisions to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The SHAPES project has put on hold all face-to-face activities, including those involving older persons at all of its 15 pilot sites in 10 EU Member States.

The SHAPES consortium encourages everyone to follow the guidance of the World Health Organisation and government measures taken in our respective countries. For reliable information about the pandemic, please visit only trusted sources among which:

European Commission (available in all EU languages)

European Centre for Disease Control
World Health Organisation (available in different languages), including:
WHO recommendation how to maintain good mental health during COVID-19
Coronavirus and older people in Europe (from our partner AGE Platform Europe)

Join the First SHAPES Dialogue Workshop on May 12th 2020

With the purpose of engaging with diverse stakeholders for testing and validating its research, SHAPES conceived a set of eight Dialogue Workshops throughout 48 months of activity. The 1st dialogue workshop is a one-day event happening online on 12th May 2020 and intended to gather SHAPES partners, academics, students, NGOs and many others.

The Workshop will unveil the project’s preliminary findings and in particular:

    • The SHAPES projects and its key messages
    • Ethics requirements for digital solutions
    • Co-creation of think tank for European Integrated Care
    • Foresight exercise: thinking about future technologies for the users of the future
    • Use cases, personas and scenarios

For more information see our dedicated page. Want to take part? Contact marketa.pesoutova@oushi.upol.cz 

Cybersecurity and COVID-19

ABSTRACT:
Monitoring the cybersecurity landscape and the increase of COVID-19 related cybercrimes reporting by cyber experts and law enforcement agencies worldwide, the ECHO network of cybersecurity centres has joined forces to establish its COVID-19 Cyber Defence Alliance. Its aim is to support all initiatives that aim at protecting the EU member states, key services and critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. By developing innovative ideas, hands-on guidance and solutions to tackle the COVID-19 cybersecurity threats, it will contribute to increase cybersecurity for the EU, the member states, its companies and citizens. This white paper on the COVID-19 hacker’s mind-set is a first outcome of this combined effort. On 6 April 2020, ECHO experts from 15 member states discussed together in two teams the COVID-19 hackers mind-set. The main conclusion is that this pandemic offers cyber attackers unique opportunities to leverage existing attack tactics, techniques and procedures to exploit new opportunities created by a massive increase of employees working from home, children using home computers for schooling, as well as the human factor and emotions caused by the pandemic. Regardless of the motives behind a hack (profit or societal disruption), there are now ample opportunities and methods to leverage the COVID-19 pandemic to engage in criminal cyber activities. This white paper gives an overview of a number of these; however, the list is not exhaustive and constantly evolving. It is important to act now, in order to pre-empt short, medium and long term damage to our digital society and infrastructure. Basic COVID-19 specific cyber awareness messages for the general public, easy to understand and share, should be disseminated on a daily basis. Similarly, specific information for companies and sectors should be made available through early warning information sharing networks, in order to ensure that they also take appropriate measures to protect themselves and our economy against cybercrime. The diverse, pan European cyber security ECHO network will continue to develop innovative ideas, hands-on guidance and solutions to tackle the COVID-19 cybersecurity threats.

Read the white paper: Cybersecurity & COVID-19

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