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Partnering with Health-ISAC to strengthen the European healthcare system

May 22, 2023
Taylor Lehmann

Director, Office of the CISO, Google Cloud

Last July, Google Cloud launched our ambassador partnership with the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Health-ISAC) and committed to working with industry leaders to better protect our healthcare ecosystem. Securing healthcare technology and data is a global challenge, and to meet it security professionals need to have better channels for sharing information and effective security practices. 

To that end, we’re pleased to announce that our relationship with Health-ISAC is now expanding to include CISOs and security leaders in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).  

On May 23, 2023, we’ll join the Health-ISAC on a 17-city tour across the region, starting in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of its European Healthcare Threat Landscape Tour. In each session, we will bring together experts from across the region with cybersecurity practitioners from the Health-ISAC, Google Cloud, law enforcement, and regulatory bodies.  

Our goals is to focus the discussions on several topics:

  • How the threat landscape is unique to each country we visit;

  • How we can better share threat intelligence; 

  • What are the emerging European laws and regulations  that can affect healthcare and cybersecurity;

  • How ransomware continues to evolve and the threat that poses to healthcare; organizations;

  • What we can do to improve cyber incident response;

  • What impact digital sovereignty can have on European healthcare;

  • And which initiatives Health-ISAC and Google Cloud are launching to better protect Europe’s healthcare system.

The timing for the tour could not come at a more critical time. Ransomware and digital extortion threatens healthcare and its subsectors, with national health systems in Ireland, UK, Germany, and Spain all recently experiencing extended outages because of ransomware. Threat actors continue to target proprietary data at biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms. Meanwhile, existing regulations such as the Digital Markets Act and GDPR, and new regulations such as the NIS2 Directive (Directive (EU) 2022/2555), which seek to protect EU citizens and businesses from risks posed by the digital world, are raising the bar that CISOs and security leaders must surpass to ensure their businesses can stay compliant and able compete in the global digital economy.

“The European Healthcare Threat Landscape Tour is one of many efforts we have undertaken to build a closer community of trust around threats and cybersecurity practices that keep health organization's safe,” said Denise Anderson, executive director, Health-ISAC.

“We all rely on these organizations to take care of us and produce therapies that keep us healthy. Delivering these engagements alongside Google Cloud helps us achieve global scale and shows off both organizations’ commitments to building a sustainable, resilient healthcare ecosystem for entire societies.” 

Each stop in the tour will provide opportunities to dive deep into these topics, grow an understanding of these challenges, create a space for collaboration, and build closer, trusted partnerships. The meetings are open to member and non-member organizations working in healthcare. Interested participants can contact the Health-ISAC through their contact form or register on their website for the nearest event.

“The Google Cybersecurity Action Team’s mission is to secure customers, secure the cloud, and secure the planet (and beyond). Working with industry groups like Health-ISAC helps us achieve this mission while respecting each other and the unique challenges European health systems face. Myself and our EMEA-based Google Cloud and Mandiant security teams are looking forward to another great collaboration,” said Phil Venables, chief information security officer, Google Cloud.

At Google Cloud, we’re committed to helping build a secure and resilient healthcare ecosystem for everyone. As we hit the road with the Health-ISAC this summer, we’ll be sure to send updates on what we learn through this collaboration and how we can all work together to secure smarter in 2023 and beyond.

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