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eHealth Hub of the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. drafts scenarios for future-proof health care

Where society is most vulnerable, in the care of the sick and needy, cybersecurity becomes a matter of survival. At the meeting of the eHealth Hub of the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V., experts from politics, science and business discussed the current challenges for a secure cyber environment in healthcare. As keynote speaker, Thomas Strobl, Minister of the Interior and Deputy Minister President of the State of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, pointed out the relevance of strategic cooperation:

“Digitalization is changing the world. It is creating completely new opportunities that we value, but we must not completely ignore the risks. In the past two years, the Corona pandemic has certainly acted as a booster for digitization, but in the healthcare sector in particular, it is also associated with risks. Our patient data is particularly worthy of protection and sensitive. That’s why the healthcare sector was and is a sensitive and particularly critical target for attack. But when it comes to cybersecurity, we will only be successful here if we tackle this together and forge strategic alliances. That’s what we’re doing as a country with business, science and research. And that is also where the eHealth Hub of the Cybersicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V. comes in. Only in this way can we effectively counter cybercrime, cybersabotage and cyber espionage.”

Hans-Wilhelm D├╝nn, President of the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V., pointed out that cyber security is not an annoying side issue, but the process enabler for a functioning healthcare system:

“Security is a basic need for many people. Today, reliance on safe and reliable healthcare depends primarily on various systems and IT infrastructures working well together. Only with cybersecurity strategies that are intrinsic to the process can patients, employees and systems be protected. The key to a reliable healthcare system lies in close collaboration between IT experts, decision-makers and medical professionals.”

The eHealth Hub meeting also outlined the state of information security in hospitals in light of recent cyberattacks. In some cases, these resulted in emergency rooms having to be closed and operations cancelled. Together with practitioners, solutions for future-proof and networked healthcare were outlined. Jan Arfwedson, head of the eHealth Hub of the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. commented:

“In addition to medical care, laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the pharmaceutical trade, there are more and more startups in the German healthcare system that want to improve the treatment and care of patients with innovative products. They, too, need to make their solutions and products secure. This is where the eHealth Hub in the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. comes in. We want to bring together stakeholders, experts and policymakers and jointly develop solutions for better information security.”

The event took place in compliance with the 2G rule plus additional negative corona test.

The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. was founded in August 2012 by well-known personalities. The Berlin-based association is politically neutral and advises companies, public authorities and political decision-makers in the field of cyber security. The association’s members include large and medium-sized companies, operators of critical infrastructures as well as federal states and federal institutions, experts and political decision-makers with a connection to cyber security.

Through its members, the association represents more than three million employees from the business community and nearly two million members from associations and clubs. The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. informs and supports its members with a wide range of services and aligns its activities with their operational and business needs.

V.i.S.d.P.: Hans-Wilhelm D├╝nn, Pr├Ąsident, Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V.

Contact: Hannes Harthun, Chief of Staff; Telefon: +49 30 / 6796 365 26

E-Mail: harthun@cybersicherheitsrat.de

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