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Professor Daniel Wikler, Harvard University


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June 12 - 14, 2017

Cybersecurity Challenges in Healthcare - Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects


The growing complexity of the digital ecosystem in combination with increasing global risks entail the danger that enforcing cybersecurity may bypass other fundamental values like equality, fairness of privacy, whereas downplaying cybersecurity would undermine citizens' trust and confidence in the digital infrastructure. This general problem is of particular relevance for the healthcare sector, where digitalization is strongly pushed for increasing the efficiency of the system. Many information and communication technology (ICT) applications in the health system work with sensitive personal data. Some particular services whose operation relies on information and communication technology (ICT) may have immediate and even fatal consequences for individuals if their cybersecurity has been compromised (e.g., life-sustaining systems in intensive care units). Other providers of critical infrastructure like power grids, the finance system as well as the military have developed a high sensitivity for cybersecurity related issues in the last years. For the health system, however, a systematic approach for understanding threats like data theft, extortion, cybercrime, healthcare providers as potential targets for cyberterrorism, or collateral damage for medical institutions in cyberwar is missing. On the other hand, if implemented incorrectly and not adapted to the needs of medical personnel, cyber security may endanger a correct treatment of patients as well. In our workshop, we aim to create a comprehensive overview on cybersecurity issues in healthcare and their ethical, legal and social consequences. The workshop is embedded in a three-year Coordination and Support Action financed by the European Commission, backed by a consortium of 11 partners from seven European countries: the CANVAS Consortium (creating an alliance for value-sensitive cybersecurity). The healthcare system is one of the three reference domains for which CANVAS aims to strengthen the ethical boundary conditions for responsible cybersecurity. The main applicant is also the Coordinator of CANVAS and the workshop will be further backed by financial means of the consortium.