David Cullen

Principal Advisor, Cyber Incidents & Emergency Management Department of Premier & Cabinet

Digital Healthcare Plenary Day One: Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

1:30 PM Cyber Security 101! How to Prepare and Protect Your Hospital from Cyber Threats

In October 2019, Regional Victorian Hospital and Health Services experienced a ransomware attack that resulted in a forced shutdown of their IT services, highlighting that healthcare is a growing target for hackers. In light of this, what steps can leaders take to efficiently mitigate and prepare for these risks? 

Drawing on his experience from leading Victoria’s targeted response to cyber threats over the last 6 months, David’s session will teach you how to:

  • Understand the modern cyber risk environment and learn how attackers are compromising your environment
  • Prepare your organisation for a cyber-attack by developing and practicing an incident response plan
  • Minimise the harm of cyber-attacks by boosting your cyber defenses with a few simple steps

3:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: Responding to the Next Generation of Cyber Security Threats

Cyber security risks are increasing at all levels of government, industry and the community—including in the healthcare sector. It is no longer a case of ‘if’ but ‘when’ something will go wrong. Healthcare services must act now to minimize the impact of future cyber-attacks.

Bringing together leaders from Victoria’s public sector and healthcare industry, this panel discussion will discuss leading approaches to the next generation of cyber security threats.

  • From a health service level, what training can be provided to increase cyber security resilience and industry collaboration?
  • What initiatives, training, tools and processes are being rolled out, specifically to the state of Victoria to respond to the growing threat of cyber security? 
  • What are the key challenges standing in the way of achieving a coordinated response? What plans are there to achieve concrete coordination?
  • What are the benefits of having a unified and centralised voice in response to cyber security threats? Why should health services collaborate rather than looking for individual solutions?

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining David.

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