The Azure Forum: Malicious cyber-enabled state activity in the healthcare sector
The Azure Forum Webinar on “Malicious cyber-enabled state activity in the healthcare sector: State espionage, cyber attacks, and international law responses”
This is the fourth event in The Azure Forum 2020 Webinar Series on ‘Peace, security and defence during and beyond the Covid-19 Crisis: Lessons for future global crises’. This series is kindly supported by UCD.
The webinar will bring together experts with different professional backgrounds to examine policy responses open to states to deal with this behaviour. The latest draft report of the UN OEWG draws our attention to how the Covid-19 pandemic has shown the risks of malicious activities during a time of crisis whereby existing vulnerabilities can become amplified and exacerbated in a time of emergency such as a global health emergency. Throughout this pandemic, there have been reported cases of cyber attacks on medical institutions, Covid-19 research centres and healthcare infrastructure as well as state-sponsored theft of vaccine research. Subject matter experts will thus examine these changes in the cyber threat landscape, recent geostrategic trends that are indeed novel and manifesting during the current crisis, and provide their analysis on likely future cyber risks from a global perspective.
Panelists will examine the likely motivations behind such malicious state behaviour and explain those concerns that are being raised by a number of states and heads of international organisations about these nefarious cyber activities in the healthcare sector. Critically, the UN OEWG draft report notes that a lack of awareness and state capacities to detect, resist or respond to malicious activities constitutes a threat itself. The key role of industry responses will thus be examined from a global perspective as well as the relevance of cyber resilience, cyber hygiene and state cyber capacity building. The discussion will then provide a deep dive analysis on the current state of affairs in relation to international law responses to malevolent state behaviour during the current global pandemic, unpacking discussions related to an apparent lack of accountability.