AIMES today announced the INNOVATE UK Funded ASSURED project

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 19th April 2016.

AIMES announced today that it has been awarded funding under the Innovate UK’s Protecting Data in Industry competition. This program provides funding for collaborative research and development projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital supply chain. Significant challenges lie with the Internet of Things (IoT); in providing new sources of data and the burgeoning digital footprint of end-users. It is crucial that new and appropriate mechanisms are developed that will adequately protect the interests of all secure data stakeholders including individuals as well as both public and private sector organisations.

AIMES is working in a consortium with partners Metrarc, based in Cambridge and Southampton based IT Innovations on a £550k project called ASSURED – Automated Security for Supplier-User Reference models in E-health Data. This project will accelerate access to data for organizations that design and operate secure platforms and networks in the health supply chain. ASSURED will enable organizations to automatically identify threats to their networks and services and evaluate compliance to health data security standards for managing risks to systems and data. The project will address the concerns of health suppliers looking to open up data sets, for example, from NHS N3 connected systems to the wider digital supply chain. Currently companies wishing to work with personal health data records endure long lead times to satisfy IT governance procedures and face ongoing threats and costs from the loss or divulgence of patient identifiable data.  ASSURED will speed up the approval process by an order of magnitude and reduce security risks during operation by enabling continuous automated verification against a changing threat landscape and compliance requirements.

AIMES’ Project Director, Michael Walker, commented ‘Personal health data such as NHS data has huge potential value in traditional industries such as drug design and in new, emerging areas, including personalized health. The major barriers to innovation are around data security and legal compliance and a highly trusted business model and process are needed to access data. ASSURED is designed to address these challenges by speeding up the approval process and improving the level of assurance systems once connected to networks’

The ASSURED project is collaborative and business led, bringing together a leading UK digital health innovator AIMES and leading data security technology from Metrarc and the University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre. Dr. Dennis Kehoe Founder and CE of AIMES stated ‘We are delighted to be working with Metrarc and IT Innovations on this important area of research and development. We look forward to jointly developing and integrating our novel secure architecture tool, cryptographic ICMetric key generation and monitoring technologies to provide a reassuring alternative to time consuming processes, insecure passwords and unauthorized architecture changes.’

About AIMES Grid Services Ltd

AIMES is an industry leading commercial data centre service provider based in North West of England. AIMES provides services such as co-location, hosting data back-up, managed services and business continuity as well as investing significantly in R & D activities to improve the efficiency, reliablilty and security of data centre infrastructure. For more information see www.aimes.uk or contact Michael Walker at michael.walker@aimes.net.

About Metrarc

Cambridge based Metrarc is developing groundbreaking security technology for applications where high levels of security and authentication are important such as Internet of Things (IoT), e and m-commerce and quantified self applications such as healthcare and sports monitoring. Metrarc’s technology for deriving encryption keys directly from the operating characteristics of digital systems without having to store the encryption keys, a technology termed ICMetricsTM. For more information on Metrarc see www.metrarc.com or contact Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier at Klaus@metrarc.com.

 About IT Innovation Centre

The University of Southampton IT Innovation centre is an applied research centre advancing a range of information technologies and their deployment in industry and commerce. IT Innovation Centre research, develop, architect engineer and integrate innovative IT systems. For more information see www.it-innovation.soton.ac.uk

 About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board and they fund, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. For more information on Innovate UK see www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk