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Protecting Healthcare Against Cyberattacks – Opportunities for State Action

19 April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


We’ve all seen the news stories – another hospital has been hit by a cyberattack, patient data has been leaked, a vaccine facility has fallen victim to cyberespionage campaigns. All of these attacks on the healthcare system directly impact human lives. Whether the treatment time for patients has to be adjusted since nurses and doctors have to revert to pen and paper for their work, or the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been impacted, ultimately it is human lives that are put at risk due to cyberattacks. There are several opportunities for States to take action in order to better protect their citizens and the healthcare as a whole. Based on the case, this can include applying domestic law or invoking international law in order to investigate and charge the perpetrator of the attack. States have the duty to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of their citizens. As people’s lives are becoming more digitized, the possibility to fall victim to a cyberattack increases. The healthcare sector is especially at risk due to its vast attack surface.

The CyberPeace Institute is facilitating a multi-stakeholder discussion to look at what steps States are currently taking to protect the healthcare sector, and what more needs to be done. Civil society and industry actors also have key roles to play in order to support States in this endeavour and to provide their expertise and solutions where possible.



WSIS Session: Protecting Healthcare Against Cyberattacks – Opportunities for State action

Date: 19 April 2021

Time: 14:00-15:00 CEST

Watch LIVE: https://www.facebook.com/WSISprocess/


  • Stéphane Duguin, Chief Executive Officer, CyberPeace Institute
  • Marko Milanovic, Professor of Public International Law, University of Nottingham School of Law
  • Annalaura Gallo, Head of Secretariat, Cybersecurity TechAccord
  • Tilman Rodenhauser, Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Moliehi Makumane, Special Advisor, Government of South Africa
  • Amy Ertan, PhD Researcher, Royal Holloway, University of London


Registration: https://itu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BHXJ0N8WQHa4U0BpUDnQ6A

More information: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2021/Agenda/Session/316

Contact: [email protected]


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