Cybersecurity for Infrastructure: Project Syndicate

The Covid-19 pandemic underscores society’s reliance on infrastructure, including the internet for communication and data exchanges as well as health-care systems. Malevolent forces target social media with disinformation and hospitals and laboratories with ransomware, phishing and other malicious programs. Over the past two months, such attacks have occurred every three days, yet governments avoid an effective systematic and collective response, report Marietje Schaake and Stéphane Duguin for Project Syndicate. "There is a persistent lack of consistency in how international law is applied and enforced,” they explain. “Many countries have a deep digital divide in technical capacity, and have failed to put human rights at the center of cybersecurity discussions.” Individuals can apply caution in opening attachments or forwarding emails – while organizations of all types must invest in cybersecurity. Governments must determine the sources and methods of attacks, warning citizens while protecting hospitals and other critical institutions. – YaleGlobal

Cybersecurity for Infrastructure: Project Syndicate

The world has long needed a systematic approach to cybersecurity; the Covid-19 pandemic, and attacks on health facilities, underscore need for rapid response
Marietje Schaake and Stéphane Duguin
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Read the article from Project Syndicate about rising cyberattacks on hospitals and other health-care facilities.

Marietje Schaake, a former member of the European Parliament, is Policy Director of the Cyber Policy Center at Stanford University and President of the CyberPeace Institute. Stéphane Duguin is CEO of the CyberPeace Institute.

Read about Cyber 4 Healthcare, a service to connect health workers and organization with qualified volunteer cybersecurity assistance.

Read more about cyberattacks from SafetyDetectives: More than 90 percent of attacks start with a phishing email, enticing readers to click on a link, and 6 percent are form browser-based malware. Most hackers are part organized crime, and financial gain is the motivation for more than 75 percent of hackers.  Businesses with less than 1,000 employers are most susceptible.

Global Cost of Malware	 2015 $1  2019 $2  Projected 2021  $6
(Source: SafetyDetectives)

Computer and on screen: Global average cost of data breach:  	  $3.9 million Most expensive industry: Health care at $6.45 million  The actual number of data breaches is unknown  because many targets do not report.
Costly: Data breaches in the health care industry cost substantially more than overall average industry breaches (Source: Rob Sobers, Varonis and IBM)

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