October is Cybersecurity Month. Please join us on October 28 at 09:00am EDT for our monthly Global Digital Health Network meeting, hosted by DAI via online webinar.
Recent cybersecurity incidents targeting Ukraine, Nigeria, WHO and other LMICs point to the immediate need to address the issue, particularly as the rollout of 5G and IoT approaches and the remote workforces grow under Covid-19 restrictions. During this presentation, DAI and Project Balance will discuss why cybersecurity for healthcare professionals is critical to the global digital health agenda by describing ongoing initiatives as well as examples of cases where projects have implemented cybersecurity measures to protect health data.
The digital divide continues to separate those who have access to transformative digital tools from those who do not in low-income communities around the world. As efforts to bridge this divide succeed and more people come online, concurrently, we’re seeing the number, variety, and severity of digital risks also rise. This sows the seeds of distrust in the digitally enabled tools and services on which so many rely.
But trust underpins digital adoption and nowhere is this more pertinent than in the digital health space. Therefore, a decline in trust poses a stark challenge to national governments, international donors, and private companies seeking to promote digital health solutions. This will disproportionately affect more vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as women and girls. Providing technical solutions such as software and firmware updates, endpoint and malware protection and improved authentication procedures only go so far: what is missing is understanding of how users in emerging markets understand and deal with privacy online.
Julia Burchell, Senior Consultant, Partnerships and Insights, DAI
Ed Robinson, Cyber Security Expert
Bobby Jefferson, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), DAI Global Health