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Ensuring patient welfare – strengthening information security

Work aid offers calculation tool for hospital management and support for information security officers

The position of Information Security Officer (ISO) is a key position in hospitals to ensure the care of patients with the support of state-of-the-art IT systems as reliably as the protection of sensitive data. Often, however, this position does not exist or is poorly resourced in clinics. In order to inform hospital managers about the scope, capacities and relevance of Information Security Officers and to provide Information Security Officers with support for their daily tasks, we make our work aid with calculation tool available free of charge. This was developed jointly with the Bavarian State Office for Information Security and Sana Kliniken.

“In the hectic daily routine of a clinic, cybersecurity is often perceived as additional ballast, although it is only with it that a number of important medical treatments become possible. The information security officer is indispensable as a link between management and the operational level to ensure patient welfare by guaranteeing security measures. Our work aid is a building block for the arrangement of this responsible activity”, says Hans-Wilhelm D√ľnn, President of the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V., about the publication.


“Often, hospital management is not aware of the tasks of an information security officer and how much capacity is required for this. With our work aid, we are providing decision-makers and information security officers with a clear document and checklists to help make the tasks transparent, but also to calculate the personnel required for them in a simple and comprehensible way,” explains Jan Arfwedson, head of the eHealth Hub at the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V.


The work aid and the calculation tool are available for download here for all interested parties.


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.


V.i.S.d.P.: Hans-Wilhelm D√ľnn, Pr√§sident, Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V.

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