In recent years, hospitals and other healthcare facilities have become the target of cybercriminals seeking to steal patient data or hold systems and networks hostage for ransom. These attacks can have devastating consequences for patient safety, as they can limit access to vital medical records and affect the availability of medical equipment.

Additionally, hospitals are clearly identified as essential entities in the new NIS2 directive and are hence obliged to implement comprehensive security measures and report incidents. Penalties for non compliance are high. To motivate compliance with the obligations in this Directive from senior management, natural persons representing essential entities may be held personally liable for failure to comply.


CIOs of hospitals must prioritize cybersecurity to protect patient data, ensure compliance with regulations, maintain patient safety, preserve operational continuity, safeguard the hospital's reputation, mitigate financial risks, and navigate the complex landscape of evolving technologies and cyber threats. However, resources and highly specialised skills are scarce. The time of 'every hospital for itself' is over. It is time to recognize that hospitals are all in the same boat together, and that the solution must be reached collectively. This is where our community can help.


During this Circle Meeting, we want to discuss in which domains and how hospitals can collaborate to  provide greater threat visibility and help to improve detection, mitigation, and response capabilities. Kurt Gielen, the CISO of ZOL, will help us moderate this discussion.





How can hospitals collaborate to provide greater threat visibility and help to improve detection, mitigation and response capabilities? Join the Circle Meeting and let's discuss together with your peers.


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Kring Patria is an association from Leuven with a rich historical background. According to "The history of Patria in brief", the first traces of the name Patria can even be traced back 150 years.
What makes Patria unique in Leuven is that not only the name still exists, but also a Patria House, the non-profit organisation Patria, which was founded around 1921 and owns the building.

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