Cybersecurity in Healthcare: Online Conference Series to Address Sector’s Key Cyber Challenges

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and The Danish Health Data Authority will this week launch the 6th annual eHealth Security Conference: “Working together towards secure eHeath”. This year’s programme consists of a series of panel discussions about the major cyber challenges facing Europe’s healthcare sector.

The series will span three months, with each month exploring a different cybersecurity topic of eHealth. The conferences will be in a virtual format.

EU Agency for Cybersecurity Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar said: “eHealth is a critical infrastructure that has become an even more important healthcare service for EU citizens this year.

"The EU Agency for Cybersecurity continues to support hospitals by providing cybersecurity guidance and by facilitating information exchange.

"This series of eHealth Conferences will bring awareness to the very real cybersecurity challenges this sector is facing, and will reinforce the path forward to tackling them.”

Danish Health Data Authority Deputy Director General Vibeke van der Sprong said: "In an ever-changing digital environment, the importance of having a robust IT-landscape is becoming more and more vital.

"The Danish recipe to tackle the current extraordinary situation has been a solid cybersecurity effort and a pinch of luck."

COVID-19 has tested the capabilities and endurance of the healthcare system.

Hospitals have been stretched to the limit in handing this extraordinary pandemic and remain vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.

The conference series aims to support the healthcare system by addressing the security challenges and risks of ICT facing the sector in Europe. Healthcare professionals and cybersecurity experts will join forces to share their lessons learned, good practices and foresights into what’s next for the healthcare sector.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Danish Health Data Authority Deputy Director General Vibeke van der Sprong, Policy Officer of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy at the European Commission Christian D'Cunha, and EU Agency for Cybersecurity Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar.

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