APrIGF 2022 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Mr. Michael Karimian
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Director, Digital Diplomacy
Economy of Residence
Primary Stakeholder Group
Private Sector
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Microsoft, Private Sector.
CyberPeace Institute, Civil Society.
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Protecting the Healthcare Sector from Cyber Harm
Session Format
Fireside Chat
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Online only (with onsite facilitator who will help with questions or comments from the floor)
Specific Issues for Discussion
Attacks on healthcare are attacks on people. These attacks, whether perpetuated by cyber or kinetic means, are attacks on all of us. They can have potentially devastating humanitarian consequences as they prevent access to and the delivery of essential services. Unfortunately, this situation has worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical staff and healthcare facilities, already under immense pressure due to the strains of the pandemic, suddenly had to deal with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. In a number of cases this has resulted in a direct impact on patients, whose treatments were delayed or postponed.

In the midst of the pandemic, the Government of the Czech Republic, the CyberPeace Institute, and Microsoft decided to partner to identify the critical gaps that need to be addressed to protect the healthcare sector from cyber harm. Our organizations are committed to increasing both the resilience of and protections available for the healthcare sector through a multistakeholder approach, whether at the practitioner, technology industry, or state and international levels. Our partnership reflects not only our shared commitment to support, contribute, and advance the implementation of UN cyber norms, but also our belief that a multistakeholder approach to protect the healthcare sector is the only way to meaningfully increase its resilience.

Through a series of thematic workshops, we brought together healthcare practitioners, and cybersecurity, policy, international law, and regulatory experts to identify lessons learned and good practices to protect this vital sector.

This session will share recommendations from the workshops which can inform discussions everywhere; from ambulance dispatch rooms to the UN General Assembly Hall. We hope to inspire and strengthen a culture of cybersecurity and resilience in the healthcare sector, thereby protecting an area of vital importance for us all.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
Under the theme of inclusion, particularly in the contexts of capacity building, digital rights / human rights, and the multistakeholder model, and under the theme of trust, particularly in the contexts of cybersecurity, cyber crime, cyber norms, and digital cooperation, this session will cover:

- Impact on frontline healthcare workers
- Practitioners' perspective
- Strengthening national resilience & lessons learned
- Capacity building & scenario-based resilience planning
- International law
- Diplomatic measures
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
5 minutes Introduction and scene settiing
15 minutes Impacts and solutions identified by the CyberPeace Institute
15 minutes Impacts and solutions identified by the Government of New Zealand
25 minutes Open discussion with the attendees
5 minutes Speaker reflections, next steps, and closing
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Pavel Mraz
    • Organization: Microsoft
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Czech Republic
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Moderator (Back-up)

    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Dr Gaurav Sharma
    • Organization: Government of New Zealand
    • Designation: Member of Parliament, and medical doctor
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: New Zealand
    • Stakeholder Group: Government
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Invited
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Klara Jordan
    • Organization: CyberPeace Institute
    • Designation: Chief Public Policy Officer
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Switzerland
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 3

    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
  • Speaker 4

    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
Pavel Mraz: Prior to recently joining Microsoft, Pavel led the Government of the Czech Republic's work on protecting healthcare from cyber attacks.
Klara Jordan: Klara is an expert in the application of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to cyberspace and best practices in protecting the healthcare sector.
Dr Guarav Sharma: As both a medical doctor and parliamentarian, Dr Sharma has seen how both the healthcare sector and government responded to heightened cyber risks during the covid crisis, including in New Zealand's healthcare system which experienced the country's largest cyber attack in 2021.
If you need assistance to find a suitable speaker to contribute to your session, or an onsite facilitator for your online-only session, please specify your request with details of what you are looking for.
An online facilitator will be required to help with questions from the audience.
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2022.
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2022?
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