Professor Trish Williams
Williams, Trish (Professor)
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Project description

Zero Trust is a new and alternative approach to cybersecurity for healthcare.  It is based on two concepts “never trust, always verify’ and ‘always assume a state of breach’.  It uses strong authentication processes for each and every device, each and every user, each and every system. If it cannot be verified it does not get access. Zero Trust moves security architecture from network access to application-based access. It requires visibility over the entire network and information systems, and importantly a granular understanding of the network, systems and applications within a network, and the connections between these systems and applications. This project investigates how zero trust can be implemented in healthcare environments such as hospitals, and what impact zero trust will have on cybersecurity protection, workflow and healthcare delivery.


Ginger Mudd (Mentor)

Assumed knowledge

Cybersecurity/information systems security. Research skills an advantage.

Supervisors research focus

Professor Williams has a strong focus on the translation of research into practical application, demonstration of the contribution that digital health technologies can make to support healthcare, and the use of information security as an enabler for improved healthcare communication and interoperability. She is recognised internationally for her digital health information security expertise and experience in digital health information interoperability. Professor Williams is the primary author of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Computer and Information Security Standards, translating essential information security practice into accessible and implementable practical guidance for primary care. She is currently working on the EU TREsPASS project (Technology-Supported Risk Estimation by Predictive Assessment of Socio-Technical Security) to translate the research outcomes to practical use-cases in healthcare and tertiary education for the European Union. Further, as co-lead on the new IEC/ISO 80001 Foundation Standard for medical devices in IT networks, and member of the IEC/ISO 82304 Medical Device and Health Software Safety development working group, she has demonstrated skills in cross-discipline and cross-industry collaboration. Supporting this Professor Williams has attracted funding from industry partners for PhD Scholarships on remote patient monitoring and research into application of international eHealth software safety standards in the Australian context.

Industry involvement

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