Date: Jul 16, 2020

This webinar will be livecast from 5:00 p.m. IST.

Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and a link through which you can join the webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has put an extreme strain on the healthcare sector. In the midst of battling this crisis, few countries have also witnessed cyber attacks on their medical facilities and infrastructure.

Compared with other sectors — like financial services and other IT embedded sectors — the healthcare infrastructure almost worldwide has not kept pace with robust IT security measures. Health facilities and infrastructure is a rich source of valuable data and thus a soft target. As the battle against the pandemic intensifies, as vaccine research and testing ensue, as health infrastructure is stretched to capacity, and with the growing digitalisation of our health sector — countries can ill afford to deal with cyber attacks and data breaches in healthcare. Given these realities, do we have the necessary protections in place as new techniques and methods of attacks emerge, or do we need to invest more attention and resources to ensure that healthcare is protected at all times?

This webinar will aim to discuss the growing digitisation of the health sector and the associated risks of cyber attacks. Discussions will also focus on the existing legal and statutory frameworks (both domestic and international), the increased protections that are required as new techniques and methods of attacks emerge.


Samir Saran, President, ORF (welcome and opening remarks)

Helen Durham, Director for International Law and Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross

Gulshan Rai, former National Cybersecurity Coordinator, Chief Information Security Officer at the Prime Minister’s Office

Amandeep Singh Gill, Director, Global Health Centre project on International Digital Health & AI Research, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Kaja Ciglic, Senior Director, Digital Diplomacy, Microsoft

Dhruv Pahwa, Senior Director, Global Health Strategies


Arjun Jayakumar, Associate Fellow, Cyber Initiative, ORF