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Healthcare Cyber Security Conference

1 – 2 March 2022 | Swissôtel Sydney

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The health sector remains the highest reporter of breaches in Australia with 23% of all breaches- according to The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). Recently, there has been a significant increase in ransomware campaigns targeting the Australian aged care and healthcare sectors.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has reported that “cybercriminals view the aged care and healthcare sectors as lucrative targets for ransomware attacks…because of the sensitive personal and medical information they hold, and how critical this information is to maintaining operations and patient care…”

This event is about raising awareness of the evolving cyber threat landscape specific to health organisations, developing critical capabilities, implementing processes for prevention and recovery, building resilience and ensuring a cyber security culture.

The case-study led agenda will demonstrate the impact of cyber incidents, discuss key pain points and vulnerabilities and offer critical tips, tools and strategies to mitigate and swiftly recover from cyber security incidents. By the end, you will be armed with important learnings to take back to your organization.

Who should attend?

This event is for clinical leaders as well as technical, risk and compliance teams who are responsible for mitigating the risks to patients and the healthcare institution. Cyber security is everyone’s business.
Never has it been more important for executive management, IT professionals, clinicians, healthcare administrators and operational teams to be properly informed, armed and prepared to minimize the impact of cyber security incidents.

  • CIOs
  • CISOs (Chief Information Security Officer)
  • Healthcare CXIOs (i.e. Chief Medical Information Officer, Chief Nursing Information Officer, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Chief Pharmacy Information Officer)
  • Chief Digital Health Officers
  • Heads of IT
  • Heads of information security services
  • Cyber security experts and officers
  • Risk managers
  • Audit teams
  • Health informatics managers
  • Data privacy officers
  • Legal experts
  • Compliance managers

These experts can be from a vast range of organisations in the health sector including state and federal health departments and agencies, LHDs and health services, hospitals, health insurance companies, pharma companies, pathologists and clinical labs, research organisations and institutes, PHNs, GP surgeries, digital health and medical device companies, cyber security companies, technology companies and more more.

Topics and themes:

  • How cyber security can affect patient safety and privacy – real examples and experiences
  • Different healthcare organisation approaches to cyber security – where are they at and where are they going?
  • Privacy and compliance – top tips and insights for securing private health data
  • The evolution of ransomware and the impact on health organisations
  • The evolving cyber threat landscape for healthcare organisations and the growing interest amongst cyber criminals in the health sector
  • Key areas of vulnerability
  • The evolution of new technologies and the impact on data sharing and security
  • The cyber security considerations with increased mobility – how you meet the niche concerns of the different care teams and care organisations
  • Effective cybersecurity control of medical devices
  • How the growing number of digital health companies and medical device companies secure their products and services
  • What are the red flags to be aware of in working with new 3rd parties? What questions should you be asking?
  • Navigating the software security requirements in establishing telehealth and virtual care services
  • Defining your most critical assets and what happens in the event of an attack
  • Best practice management of systems with increasingly complex environments
  • Preventive measures for ransomware incidents and how to respond to a ransomware attack
  • Incident response – best practice for data breach detection and response + reporting obligations, practices and processes
  • How to build resilience, business continuity and quick recovery in the face of an incident
  • Overcoming the challenges with human error
  • Building a cyber-conscious workforce – training and tools to build a security aware workforce
  • Legal obligations when it comes to protecting patient data


Sally Duncan

Chief Nursing & Midwifery Information Officer (CNMIO), Northern Sydney Local Health District

Professor Trish Williams

Cisco Chair & Professor of Digital Health Systems, College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University

Nick Klein

Executive Director, Digital Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR), CyberCX

Martin Webb

Head of IT, Roche

Lesley Honeyman

Director, Cyber Security Operations, Cyber Security NSW

Mazino Onibere

Head of Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance, Regis Aged Care

Sue Hunter

Regulatory Affairs Director, Abbott Medical

Jonathan Milton

Head, Cyber Security, Bupa

Dr Shane Seabrook

Executive Manager Strategy, CSIRO

Lee Walsh

Founder & Managing Director, Platypus Technical

John Borchi

Chief Information Security Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency

Laurie Joyce

Head of Security Compliance, CDPSE, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Nadia Yousef

Incident Response Manager, CERT NZ

Matt Morris

Director, Information & Analytics, Strategy & Planning, Barwon Health

Dr Silvia Pfeiffer

CEO & Co-Founder, Coviu

Alan (AJ) Moreland

Head of Medical Pacific Region - Australia and New Zealand, Dräger

Alicia Gordon

Joint Cyber Security Centre – Sydney & Canberra, Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)

Christopher Neal

Chief Information Security Officer, Ramsay Healthcare


Timings set to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

9:00 am


9:05 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

Lee Walsh, Founder & Managing Director, Platypus Technical

9:10 am

  • The digital transformation happening in healthcare, before and after Covid-19
  • The numerous challenges of operating in a healthcare environment
  • Key take-aways for managing the risks and challenges based on real world experience

9:40 am

  • Overview of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)
  • The cyber threat landscape and trends for reporting period 2020-2021
  • Healthcare snapshot data 2021
  • Preventative and mitigating strategies
  • Reporting and further guidance support

10:10 am

  • The why when and how of the 2016 data breach
  • The impact in the first day, week, month and years and how the ripple effects continue today
  • Lifeblood’s response and the lessons learned

10:40 am

Networking Break

11:15 am

  • What to expect in the aftermath of a cyber incident
  • Navigating and managing recommendations, propositions, and expectations
  • Asking for help when you need it, and recognising help that is not helpful
  • Starting with and building on what you have.
  • Power of focus and the need for conviction

11:45 am

  • What has the increasing use of digital health technologies meant for the cyber safety of the health system?
  • What are the key areas of vulnerability with this influx of new devices and technologies?
  • The challenges posed by “Shadow IT”
  • Managing multiple complex environments and how to safely manage within the complexity of that environment
  • How can we develop a sense of best practice in managing these modalities?

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 pm

  • How do manufacturers and sponsors approach cybersecurity responsibilities and obligations
  • How do we work with regulators?
  • How do we work with clinicians, healthcare facilities and patients?
  • How do we achieve optimal outcomes?

2:15 pm

  • Think of the worst outcome
  • Speed vs Safety
  • Proactive Partnering
  • What to look for

2:45 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm

  • What health data is worth on the dark web and why it’s important to protect it
    What do attacks actually look like – particularly for the health sector and what sort of attacks are on the rise?
  • What are the major impacts on victim organisations in healthcare
  • How to best prepare for an attack
  • How to respond and recover quickly if you’re a target of an attack – should you pay a ransom?
  • Most effective measures to prevent an attack occurring in future

4:00 pm

  • How cyber crimes are committed
  • How police investigate incidents
  • How to report properly
  • The process when there is a security breach
  • How to prevent future incident

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

4:40 pm

Networking Drinks

Timings set to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

9:00 am


9:05 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

9:15 am

Nadia will talk about the lifecycle of an attack, outline the steps to prevent and mitigate the attacks, and explain the real impacts of ransomware on organisations. She will also provide an update on New Zealand’s threat landscape based on incidents reported to CERT NZ.

9:45 am

  • Current cyber landscape – threat vectors and actors in NSW environment.
  • Post Incident Response review highlights
  • Building a resilient team

10:15 am

  • The first 24hours (“it has nothing to do with IT”)
  • Restoring and rebuilding services (Prioritise and Communicate)
  • Lessons learnt from the experience and how it informs strategy and practice now

10:45 am

Networking Break

11:15 am

Adopting a threat lead response

Jonathan Milton, Head, Cyber Security, Bupa

11:45 am

  • Understanding key areas of vulnerability and worst case scenarios
  • Promoting awareness across healthcare organisations – comparing and contrasting different approaches to see what works and what doesn’t
  • Reputational damage from cyber security – Understanding the impact on organisations
  • Why non-IT champions or business champions for cyber security are important
  • The value of training for both home and work

12:00 pm

  • legal requirements around privacy and security
  • clinician behaviour to protect patients
  • clinic administration processes to protect patients
  • patient behaviour that needs to be managed

12:30 pm

The future of health - Cyber security as an enabler for improved healthcare

Dr Shane Seabrook, Executive Manager Strategy, CSIRO

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:15 pm

With the rising tide of security attacks, how can we achieve a balance between innovation and security and embrace new digital health solutions safely. Is it possible to keep our heads above water and adopt new technology without compromising creativity and improvement in healthcare? Are there ways to harness pioneering healthcare advances whilst maintaining effective cybersecurity and turn the threats into opportunities? The future is full of possibilities if we face the reality, focus on collaboration and remember the essentials.

2:45 pm

  • What are the key economic challenges with implementing effective cyber security? Can cyber security be neglected because of cost and pricing?
  • How to make it work within a very lean budget
  • Securing senior management support

3:30 pm

  • What is the overall attitude toward cyber security in healthcare organisations?
  • What does a reactive approach include?
  • Addressing the “if it ain’t broke” mentality
  • By comparison – what does a good proactive approach look like?
  • What are the key steps to move toward a proactive approach?

4:15 pm

Closing remarks from Chair

4:20 pm

Conference Concludes


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01 - 02 Mar 2022

Swissôtel Sydney
Address: 68 Market St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 (02) 9238 8888


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