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ICYMI – Cybersecurity and Canadian Healthcare: Where do vulnerabilities lie?

By Mark Brownlee

On February 14th, CIRA sponsored the Globe and Mail virtual event, Cybersecurity and Canadian Healthcare: Where do vulnerabilities lie?  

Headlines about cybersecurity attacks at Canadian hospitals have highlighted the potential for breaches to threaten an already vulnerable health care system. The advent of online doctors’ visits, the digitization of patient data, and health-adjacent apps being widely adopted by consumers means Canadian health care data is more vulnerable than ever before.

The event moderated by Globe and Mail technology reporter, Temur Durrani, featured:

  • Byron Holland, President and CEO, CIRA
  • Huda Idrees, Founder & CEO, Dot Health
  • Steven Tam, Chief Data Governance Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Jeff Curtis, Chief Privacy Officer, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The panelists talked about cyber vulnerabilities and defenses, digital transformation, life cycles of internet, operational and medical technologies, and how to improve cybersecurity in healthcare moving forward.

About the author
Mark Brownlee

Mark Brownlee is a Product Marketing Manager with CIRA Cybersecurity Services. His work, which focuses on the CIRA DNS Firewall and Canadian Shield products, is dedicated to helping protect people and organizations in Canada from cyber threats. His background is in marketing strategy, communications planning and advertising best practices.