Cyber 4 Healthcare Wins 2nd Prize for Innovation in Global Security

Cyber 4 Healthcare, the CyberPeace Institute’s initiative to bring free cybersecurity assistance to healthcare professionals globally, was awarded 2nd place among 127 contestants in an innovation competition organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

This year’s winner was Koe Koe Tech for their Hate Speech Algorithm Development Project using Natural Language Processing ; and the 3rd place went to Mine Vision for their Robotic Radar for detecting landmines. The Innovation in Global Security prize is awarded to deserving individuals or organisations that have an innovative approach to addressing international security. The prize was established by GCSP and its Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme in 2015. 

“After less than a year in operation, we at the CyberPeace Institute are honored and humbled by such recognition. This prize emphasizes the need for more solidarity to support those combatting the pandemic. We must allow healthcare workers to concentrate on that fight, and that fight only. We want to thank the partners of Cyber 4 Healthcare: Bi.Zone, CybeReady, CybExer, the Global Cyber Alliance, Microsoft, Rapid7, Unisys, and US Medical IT,” said Adrien Ogee, Chief Operations Officer of the CyberPeace Institute and the project lead for Cyber 4 Healthcare.

The healthcare sector, already under stress due to COVID-19, is facing systemic, repeated cyberattacks that do not just endanger systems,  they have a direct impact on human life.

“Each hospital being held to ransom, each research facility hacked, each NGO targeted is a reminder of this intolerable threat, even more so during a pandemic. This has to stop. Hostile actors should be held accountable for the harm they cause,” said Stéphane Duguin, Chief Executive Officer of the CyberPeace Institute. “Building upon the very promising results of Cyber 4 Healthcare, the Institute will continue to support those dedicated to saving our lives.”

The Cyber 4 Healthcare initiative was launched in June 2020 as the first answer to the Call to all Governments, signed by nearly 50 international leaders, to work together to stop cyberattacks that target healthcare organizations fighting COVID-19.

The CyberPeace Institute is an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to enhance the stability of cyberspace. It does so by supporting vulnerable communities, analysing attacks collaboratively, and advancing responsible behaviour in cyberspace.

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