On the Watch for Incident Response Capabilities in the Health Sector

The meetings of the CSIRT Network and the CyCLONe taking place these days in Ljubljana and online, have set the stage for the publication of the new report on CSIRT capabilities for increased efficiency of incident response tools and processes of specific sectors.

Health organisations such as hospitals rely today on complex critical infrastructures in order to operate. For the year 2020, ENISA received a total of 742 reports about cybersecurity incidents with significant impact from the critical sectors under the Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive). The health sector saw an increase of 47% of such incidents in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Cybersecurity attacks on healthcare can be life threatening for patients and provoke effects on the physical world. These attacks may also affect the entire health supply chain with damaging consequences for all stakeholders concerned such as citizens, public authorities, regulators, professional associations, industries, small and medium enterprises.

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Source: ENISA