Collective defence of our healthcare. So it can defend us.

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We are seeing an unprecedented number of attacks on our healthcare systems, healthcare providers and laboratories from malicious cyber actors wanting to cause maximum damage to systems and services most in need during the pandemic.

C5 Capital has formed an alliance of cyber professionals who will C.A.R.E. for the cyber defence of our healthcare systems and providers so they can protect us. 

Corporate Partners:

“We’re hugely grateful to have the support of these companies and welcome them to the Alliance. With many of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts now contributing their services and knowledge for free we have a powerful united front to combat cyber threats to global health organizations when they are already under immense strain as a result of this terrible pandemic.”

– André Pienaar, CEO and Founder of C5 Capital

“ITC is excited to be a part of the Cyber Alliance to reduce cyber security risk in a significant way and make the digital world a safer place. As a managed security services provider, operating 24 hours a day, we bring something unique and, especially when combined with the other Alliance members, incredibly powerful. We are honoured to be involved in the Alliance’s first initiative: to provide collective cyber defence for our healthcare services. Currently, these essential services are under exceptional pressures and levels of cyber-attacks. ITC is proud to play its part in protecting the incredible work these organisations are doing to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

– Arno Robbertse, Chief Executive of ITC Secure

“As the COVID-19 outbreak accelerates worldwide, threat adversaries are taking advantage of popular fears about the disease to spread malware that provides them access to sensitive personal and corporate data. We must come together as one — through Collective Defense— to protect and defend global healthcare providers. They represent the front line of this crisis; as cybersecurity experts, we must work together behind the scenes to ensure reliability and continuity of service.”  

General (Ret) Keith Alexander, former Commander U.S. Cyber Command and current Co-CEO and Founder of IronNet Cybersecurity

“We all are experiencing a ‘new norm’ for running our companies and organizations in the ever-changing presence of the global COVID-19 crisis. It is most critical for cybersecurity defenders to come together through Collective Defense to protect the security and operational continuity of healthcare operations — from front-line providers to insurance companies to all stakeholders in the vast ecosystem of ensuring patient care.”

-Bill Welch, Co-CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity

“During this sensitive time, healthcare organizations are getting attacked while trying to operate in crisis mode.  4iQ is committed to helping hospitals and healthcare providers with free domain monitoring service until the pandemic is under control. This offering will uncover compromised employee accounts within the organization’s domain so that they can mitigate risks, better protect themselves and focus instead on helping those that need medical attention.” 

– Doug Dangremond, Sr. Vice President of 4iQ

“During these unprecedented times, we need to defend the real heroes of our time, the healthcare workers. We feel that it’s important that we, as a cybersecurity industry, do our best to keep their systems up and running, avoid attacks and let the true heroes continue to save our lives.”

Olov Norman, Cloud Security Success Manager of Onevinn AB

“While we all want to move quickly to address the needs of community leaders and the collective healthcare community, it is critical we work together to ensure that our near-term actions create a framework for ethical, sustainable solutions. Privacy Enhancing Technologies uniquely protect the privacy and security of sensitive data assets and should be a foundational part of any collaborative solution. We look forward to working with the broader Alliance to bring these tools to the table.”

Dr. Ellison Anne Williams, CEO and Founder of Enveil

“It is very much important that we defend our health care system, the employees of this which make a tremendous job and the patients against the attacks of modern desperados. The cyber alliance to defend our healthcare gives all health care workers the ability to serve focused for the collective good of sick people.”

Olivier Weddrian, Venture Partner, HAVEN Cyber Technologies

“The healthcare industry should be enabled to fight viruses that make us sick and not be distracted by viruses from hackers who want to take advantage of the Covid-19 crisis.”

– Ron Gula, President and Co-Founder, Gula Tech Adventures

“People might come to recognize that technological threats are existential, and therefore require increasing cooperation. Adopting a sense of pragmatic intelligence in the cybersecurity industry, we would develop a coordinated response for protecting the healthcare systems all around the globe. We all know that healthcare units have been pressured constantly over the past weeks, losing not only lives in fight against the COVID -19, but also valuable data and being subject to ransomware attacks. Our medical system is the target of an unfair and criminal war, and only through our combined efforts in the cybersecurity field we will be able to help and protect it from malicious attacks. For Modex it’s a big honor, but also a responsibility to be part of the Cyber Alliance. We joined with our Blockchain Database software solution to offer the powerful protection needed by every medical unit to safeguard against ransomware attacks. Our infrastructure enables centralized legacy systems, commonly used in healthcare, to become distributed systems, resistant to ransomware and other cybersecurity threats.”

– Mihai Ivascu, CEO and Founder of Modex

“SOSA is proud to support the Alliance with access to our global innovation network and technology scouting services. As the chosen operator of NYC’s official Global Cyber Center, we will do our part to connect top cybersecurity companies with opportunities to defend critical healthcare infrastructure, personnel, and patients.” 

– Uzi Scheffer, CEO of SOSA | NYC Global Cyber Center

“As cyber criminals exploit the frenzy around Covid-19, enterprises across industries are seeing a step-change increase in threat activity and it’s never been more important for the infosec community to come together to support and protect critical infrastructure and front-line healthcare providers. TruSTAR is proud to stand with the Cyber Alliance and partner our open source Covid-19 platform project with the work the Alliance is doing to Defend Our Healthcare.”

Patrick Coughlin, CEO and Co-Founder of TruSTAR Technology

“Now more than ever, ensuring that valuable health data can be shared and used safely is of paramount importance. By working together we can ensure a more comprehensive and robust defence for our vital healthcare providers and researchers during this critical time,” said Jason du Preez, CEO of Privitar. “Privitar is pleased to partner with the Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare, by offering our expertise in data privacy. We know from our work with national health providers, global pharmaceuticals and leading health insurers how important it is to complement data security measures with data privacy controls.This layered approach enables safer collaboration over sensitive data and reduces the risk posed by a breach.”

Jason du Preez, CEO and Co-Founder of Privitar

“Our NHS provides essential healthcare to the country and is in the frontline now more than ever due to the current crisis. It is critical that, as a whole, the NHS are able to perform at full efficacy to maximise the chances of people’s survivability should they fall ill. They need to concentrate on providing that critical care without the hindrance of Cyber incidents, such as Phishing, Ransomware, malware and computer viruses that could bring their systems down. Therefore, the prevention and cure that we in the cyber security industry together, can achieve for the NHS is of vital national importance and is needed now, more so than ever. Klaatu IT Security provide preventative and consultative solutions and are offering our “RAPTOR” Cyber Incident Response service as a cure, for free for the next 60 days, for any IT & Cyber security incidents to help protect our national healthcare providers during this pandemic.”

– Nick Howard, CEO of Klaatu IT Security

“Many healthcare organizations have a variety of cybersecurity tools, but they often are limited to a specific piece of infrastructure or a specific area of a network, and the detection capabilities are not strong enough to address today’s evolving cyberattacks. Cynamics is able to monitor the entire network and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict and detect cyberattacks and anomalies in network traffic quickly, so the cybersecurity tools can take action before significant damage is done.”

– Eyal Elyashiv, CEO of Cynamics

“We’ve seen attacks against the healthcare organizations continue to increase, year over year, with ransomware being the main objective. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect scenario for these threat actors, as they ramp up their efforts to attack us when we are at our most vulnerable. From Feb to April, Bandura Cyber saw dropped connections targeting our healthcare customers increase from 900 million to over 1 billion, or a 15% increase in blocked known bad IPs and domains. This is unprecedented. Therefore, we are very excited to join the C-5 Alliance, and help deliver protections to the healthcare workers, patients, and volunteers, when they need it most.”

Brian McMahon, CEO of Bandura Cyber

“Hospitals already have enough to deal with as they fight COVID-19 and now they’re fighting an increase in cyber attacks against them. We’re here to help put the focus back on saving lives.”

–  Bryson Bort, Founder and CEO, SCYTHE

“We are very excited about our partnership in the Cyber Alliance and look forward to lending our expertise to those in need in the healthcare sector both here in the USA and in international markets.”

John Lyons, CRO, INKY Technology Corporation

“Bad actors strike when we are at our most vulnerable. This is why Glasswall is delighted to join the Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare and play our part to protect the healthcare community. Collectively, we can all make a big difference to keep those who are keeping us safe, cyber-safe. The expertise and tech prowess C5 Capital has assembled is second-to-none and we are proud to be a part of such a worthwhile initiative.” 

– Danny Lopez, CEO, Glasswall

“There’s a tectonic shift happening in Healthcare, with patients and medical personnel being more or less isolated. This change drives the need for quickly implementing telemedicine, online consultations, and medical records sharing solutions. The fastest way that Healthtech is doing it is by using public Cloud providers to connect patients and medical workers. These systems and the applications deployed there need to run securely, maintain compliance, and avoid losing personal or confidential information. We bring our Cloud protection technology in front of every Healthcare organization for free for as long as they need it to overcome this crisis.”

Ovidiu Cical, Founder, Cyscale

“It’s a critical time for healthcare security, especially in today’s sensitive and ever-changing environment. Hospitals, medical professionals and first-responders can’t afford to have their work, data or operations interrupted by cyber criminals — nor can the public. Security incidents, such as ransomware attacks, are hitting hospitals hard, costing millions and, worse, slowing down care. The Synack Red Team community of ethical hackers, the most skilled and trusted security researchers in the world, can provide the data and insights needed to help safeguard global health organizations, and we’re proud to join the Cyber Alliance and the effort to provide them with best defenses possible.”

Jay Kaplan, CEO and Co-Founder of Synack

“Cybersecurity is a mission-critical enabler for innovation. And there are very few areas where this is more important than when it comes to encouraging people to share medical data that could lead to breakthrough discoveries and securely sharing important health research that saves lives. LORCA is proud to be working with C5 Capital and their partners to protect the healthcare sector in the midst of a global pandemic.” 

– Saj Huq, director, LORCA

“Our healthcare systems are experiencing one of the worst crises in recent history and it is critical that our health experts focus their full attention on helping people. Unfortunately, the fight against the virus is more complex than what the Healthcare industry can address alone. Attacks on hospital networks, attempts to steal vaccine research, and disinformation are imminent threats to Healthcare systems around the world. We believe strongly that cyber organizations need to join forces to assist with the good fight. NLX is committed to ensuring secure, instant access to health information is available to everyone, while giving precious time back to medical staff caring for those in need.”

Andrei Papancea, CEO & Co-Founder, NLX

“We’re excited and honored to be part of The Cyber Alliance to Defend Our Healthcare. This initiative is extremely important especially during these times of a global pandemic. I am confident that the healthcare community will benefit from this alliance and glad to support it with BitDam’s offering.”

-Liron Barak, CEO & Co-Founder, BitDam

“As healthcare systems, providers and laboratories search for a Covid-19 vaccine and rapidly adjust to new norms such as remote healthcare models, the resulting influx in the creation, transmission and storage of highly sensitive data in the cloud poses its own unique challenges. ShardSecure is pleased to be working with the Cyber Alliance to help healthcare organizations eliminate the sensitivity of this data through Microsharding, empowering healthcare leaders to focus on their core mission knowing data is reliably obscured and that its locations remain unknown to malicious attackers.”

-Bob Lam, CEO & Co-Founder, ShardSecure

“In a time when healthcare providers are more strained and more essential than in any time in our modern history, they have become huge targets for organized cyber-crime… so it’s more critical than ever for the cybersecurity industry to come together to protect them”

Afonso Infante, CEO, Suavei, Inc.

QuoLab Technologies is excited and honored to support our healthcare community during a time when they need it most. While healthcare organizations strive to provide great care to those in need during this global pandemic, threat actors will continue to try and exploit them. Our motivation is to provide the tools that allow cyber security professionals to hunt down those threats while health care professionals provide the excellent care and support that our community needs.

-Dan Young CEO, QuoLab Technologies

Media:

The Hill: Hospitals and health care institutions preparing for a fall wave of coronavirus cases are bracing for more cyberattacks after hackers seeking to take advantage of the pandemic launched several successful attacks this year that severely disrupted patient services.

26 October 2020 | Read on via The Hill >>

Gov.uk: Hundreds of the UK’s vital healthcare firms are set to benefit from government funding to boost their cybersecurity after the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) identified a heightened cyber threat to the UK health sector in relation to the pandemic, with cyber crime groups attempting to steal sensitive intelligence, intellectual property and personal information from pharmaceutical companies and medical research organisations.

21 September 2020 | Read on via gov.uk >>

LORCA Live: We partnered with LORCA to produce a video on how the Cyber Alliance is Securing Our Healthcare Infrastructure, airing at the LORCA Live conference online.

14 September 2020 | See the video >>

ZDNet: Since the beginning of March, there has been a surge in coronavirus-related scams, including ransomware on fake contact tracing apps, COVID-19 malware that will wipe your PC and blast your master boot record, and threat actors meddling with scientific coronavirus vaccine research. Read on for statistics about how cybercrime and cyberattacks have gotten worse since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

14 September 2020 | Read on via ZDNet >>

The New York Times: The intelligence wars over vaccine research have intensified as China and Russia expand their efforts to steal American work at both research institutes and companies.

10 September 2020 | Read on via The New York Times >>

Gen. Keith Alexander of IronNet: “I would not share how we developed that vaccine. I would share the results of the vaccine [trial] — and the vaccine — with the world,” Alexander told CyberScoop. “What makes our country great? It’s our economy. What are they stealing? They’re stealing the future of the economic wealth of this country … We should collectively defend across companies, and we should block others from stealing our intellectual property and push back where appropriate. I think we need to have our government weigh in here.”

8 September 2020 | Read on via CyberScoop >>

Webinar on Proactive Strategies to Manage Vulnerabilities: Healthcare, financial services, and government are increasingly critical target sectors for cyberattack. The FBI reportedly observed a 75% uptick in daily cyber crimes recently. Listen to the on-demand webinar to hear HHS’s CISO Janet Vogel share her insight on how her agency has remained transparent and managed risk in the cybersecurity world’s ‘new normal’.

18 August 2020 | Listen via MeriTalk >>

Healthcare IT News Feature: Within weeks of the WHO declaring a pandemic on 11 March, the organization itself was reporting a five-fold increase in cyber-attacks on its own systems. In the UK, the C5 Capital alliance of cybersecurity businesses had already noted a 150% increase in attacks on healthcare systems between mid-January and March.

6 August 2020 | Read on via Healthcare IT News >>

Explica Feature: A group of cybersecurity experts have created a digital alliance called ‘The Collective Cyber ​​Defense for Healthcare’ that seeks to ensure hospitals and clinics have their internal systems and databases protected for patients, healthcare staff and volunteers.

20 July 2020 | Read on via Explica >>

The Guardian: Russian state-sponsored hackers are targeting UK, US and Canadian organisations involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine, according to British security officials. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said drug companies and research groups were being targeted by a group known as APT29.

20 July 2020 | Read on via The Guardian >>

IronNet Blog: Every healthcare organization is under constant threat of cyber attack, especially as digital transformation has opened a larger attack service. IronNet is proud to be part of C5 Capital’s Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare to empower healthcare systems, healthcare providers, and laboratories to stave off malicious cyber actors through Collective Defense.

30 June 2020 | Read on via IronNet >>

4iQ Podcast: In this podcast, speaker Amyn Gilani, Vice President, Product at 4iQ and Vanessa Richards, Deputy Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Unit for the State of Connecticut discuss protecting against emerging cyber threats during COVID and beyond.

29 June 2020 | Listen via 4iQ >>

Infosecurity Magazine: Healthcare institutions, particularly hospitals, have long been seen as a tempting target by cyber-criminals. Holding vast swathes of highly sensitive and valuable data, as well as having heavily interlinked IT systems and extensive use of IoT devices, modern organizations are both especially vulnerable and potentially highly lucrative should attacks be successful.

29 June 2020 | Read on via Infosecurity Magazine >>

GCHQ feature: Jeremy Fleming, the Director of Britain’s cyber spy agency, confirmed GCHQ had seen attacks on the UK’s health infrastructure in recent weeks.  Responding to reports that foreign powers are targeting laboratories researching coronavirus vaccines, he said “It’s a high priority for us to protect the health sector [and] protect, particularly, the race to acquire a vaccine”.

5 June 2020 | Read on via The Telegraph >>

Infosecurity Magazine Feature: Infosecurity Magazine has published their State of Cybersecurity 2020 Report with mention of key trends affecting cybersecurity like the impact of COVID-19, cloud, automation, the human factor, and phishing scams.

4 June 2020 | Read on via Infosecurity Magazine >>

Red Cross News Feature: The Red Cross has published a letter calling on the world’s governments to take more decisive action against cyber attacks on healthcare infrastructure during COVID-19.

26 May 2020 | Read on via NS Tech >>

SOSA News Feature: The Global Cyber Center operated by SOSA is proud to join the Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare, uniting with luminaries in the cybersecurity world to help combat the unprecedented series of cyberattacks that the healthcare sector has experienced in recent months.

14 May 2020 | Read on via the CyberWire >>

C5 News Feature: The Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare, set up by the London-based security investment firm C5 Capital, has made deals with at least 87 health institutions and four national health services in countries including the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and and Sweden.

11 May 2020 | Read on via The Telegraph >>

C5 News Feature: The Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare, which was formed to bring together heavy hitters in cybersecurity to combat cyber attacks on healthcare systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced a host of new entrants into its ranks.

30 April 2020 | Read on via Security Brief >>

C5 Capital Interview: Hackers are taking advantage of the increased reliance on networks to target critical organizations such as healthcare groups and members of the public, stealing and profiting off sensitive information and putting lives at risk. We decided we had to do something to help, and launched the Cyber Alliance to Defend Our Healthcare as part of a transatlantic effort to protect the crucial care provided by hospitals and clinics.

22 April 2020 | Read on via The Hill >>

IronNet White Paper: Lose Network Security Visibility or Crush Your VPN? Advice for CISOs on How to Avoid the No-Win Trade Off in a 100% Remote-Work Mode.

13 April 2020 | Read on via IronNet >>

4iQ Announcement: 4iQ has joined the Cyber Alliance to Defend healthcare providers with the launch of their Healthcare Domain Watch service. 4iQ will provide an initial report identifying exposed, compromised employee credentials and breach source information, then continue monitoring deep and dark web sources free of charge for 90 days.

8 April 2020 | Read on via 4iQ >>

IronNet Cybersecurity Blog: Coping with COVID-19 from a healthcare cybersecurity perspective by John Ford. Will we look back at this event and emerge successful in managing the cyber risks while all the chaos was going on? And what did we learn that will take us to a new level of understanding?

1 April 2020 | Read on via IronNet >>

ITC Secure Blog: Covid-19 related Cyber Attacks: Since January, ITC’s Security Operations Centre (SOC) has been monitoring threat actors against the healthcare sector and their attempts to take advantage of COVID-19. Read on to learn about the Top 10 Cyber Attack Methods observed since January.

1 April 2020 | Read on via ITC Secure>> 

C5 News Feature: Hackers ‘Without Conscience’ Target Health-Care Providers.

1 April 2020 | Read on via Bloomberg >>

Privitar Case Study: Helping healthcare organizations do more with patient data, NHS Digital selected Privitar’s de-identification solution to protect patient data and help improve the way that data is used across the NHS and social care.

Read on via Privitar >>

IronNet Podcast: Explore the state of cybersecurity in the healthcare industry during the COVID-19 outbreak with John Ford and Co-Hosts Joel Bork, and Bill Swearingen. John Ford is a world renowned CISO in the healthcare industry and shares his valuable insights and knowledge of the inner workings of the healthcare industry as this pandemic evolves.

30 March 2020 | Listen via Collective Defense Podcast >>

ITC Secure Blog: 4 practical tips to protect your staff remotely: Here are 4 practical things that you can do to protect your staff as they work from home, by leveraging your existing Microsoft enterprise agreements.

25 March 2020 | Read on via ITC Secure >> 

Modex Blog: Modex announces BCDB infrastructure for the Cyber Alliance, suited for all healthcare units, NGOs, and local governments seeking an extra layer of security to protect valuable medical data, online and offline.

17 March 2020 | Read on via Modex >>

C5 Press Release: Leaders in Cybersecurity Have United to Combat an Unprecedented Level of Cyberattacks Targeting the Healthcare Sector.

16 March 2020 | Read on via PRNewsWire >>

Contact:

Please contact philanthropy@c5capital.com for more information or to become involved.