Cybersecurity heavy hitters join alliance to protect healthcare systems

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

Leaders in the cybersecurity industry which are now part of the Alliance include ITC Secure, IronNet Cybersecurity, Haven Cyber Technologies, Enveil, 4iQ, Blue Cedar, Hazelcast, SAP NS2, Modex, Telos, OneVinn, TruSTAR Technology, Privitar, Cynamics, SOSA’s Global Cyber Center and Klaatu IT Security. 

C5 says their combined experience and resources further enhances the Alliance’s powerful industry response to an unprecedented series of cyberattacks on a healthcare sector already under huge pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The growing support for the Alliance underlines the strong collaborative nature of the cybersecurity sector,” says C5 Capital founder André Pienaar.

“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.”

Since launching the Alliance in March to provide free support to healthcare organisations, C5 Capital has seen a ten-fold increase in cyberattacks, such as ransomware, on the sector, adding an additional threat to already-overburdened hospitals, clinics and research facilities.

Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that more than 25,000 email addresses from its organisation and others related to its operations – such as the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US – had been compromised.

C5 says that through ‘collective defence’, members of the Alliance are working together to protect healthcare workers on the frontline of the epidemic. 

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