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BioForum: The Rise of Ransomware in Healthtech

December 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm AEDT

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2021 has been the worst year on record for ransomware. Globally, we’ve seen a significant shift from data breaches caused by human error to those caused by malicious and criminal attacks. During the first six months of the year, most data breaches in Australia occurred in the health sector.

With the sector already under pressure due to the pandemic, ransomware attacks have had detrimental and costly effects: suspending or hindering business, delaying treatments and compromising patient records. These attacks affect those delivering services as well as companies in the manufacturing pipeline.

This event, sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, will explore the definition of a ransomware attack, the reasons behind the recent rise in attacks in the health sector and provide practical advice on reducing your risk. Our expert speakers (bios below) will present the issue through an insurance and legal lens, with a case study about a ransomware attack that occurred at Eastern Health in March 2021.

Event details

Date:  Thursday 9 December 2021
Time (AEDT):  4:00pm – 5:30pm
Format:  Online – Zoom Webinar
Registration: Free to attend for BioMelbourne Network Members and Non Members
Dudley Kneller, Partner, Gadens
Lachlan Bakewell, Chief Information Officer, Eastern Health
Janina Stansson, Head of Legal – Privacy and Regulatory, Bupa
Philip Smith, Cyber & Technology Practice Leader, Chubb
Katherine Robins, Security Services, Australia and New Zealand, IBM Security

Register below.

BioMelbourne Network would like to thank the State Government of Victoria for sponsoring this event.

Dudley Kneller, Partner, Gadens

Dudley is a highly experienced lawyer with international and domestic experience. Dudley advises on commercial, regulatory and technology matters with specialisations in financial technology, cyber risk, privacy and strategic sourcing and supply projects.

Dudley has advised a variety of clients on major technology arrangements, and he has over 20 years’ experience practicing across Australia, Europe and the UK, and has worked on projects based in a range of countries, including the Philippines, India and across South America.

In addition to commercial, regulatory and specialised technology matters, Dudley advises a range of technology suppliers on the provision of managed services, hosting, maintenance and support and product and service supply solutions to medium and large Australian-based corporates and government clients.

Dudley publishes and presents extensively.

Since 2020, each year Dudley has been nominated and selected as a Best Lawyer in the area of Information Technology Law by Best Lawyers Australia. Dudley has also been recognised as a recommended lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide listing of Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers in Victoria since 2015.

Lachlan Bakewell, Chief Information Officer, Eastern Health

Lachlan Bakewell is a CIO and IT leader having led technology functions for fifteen years with a successful track record of solution delivery, operational effectiveness, and capability uplifts within Health, Aged & Community Care, Disability Services, Banking, Finance and Insurance.

Currently at Eastern Health, Lachlan has been responsible for IT strategy, cyber security, enterprise architecture design, IT and implementation of a range of major uplifts including governance frameworks and large team capability enhancements. He has also managed merges, enterprise hardware refreshes and cloud transitions for organisations with up to 65 sites.

He has a Masters of Technology, Bachelor of Nursing and a Diploma of Applied Science.

Janina Stansson, Head of Legal - Privacy and Regulatory, Bupa

Janina is an inhouse lawyer with over 13 years’ experience in privacy law in the healthcare sector.

She is currently the Head of Legal – Privacy and Regulatory at Bupa Asia Pacific.

Bupa is an international healthcare organisation with 18.5 million health insurance customers, 370 health clinics, 20 hospitals and 1,000 dental centres. Bupa also looks after aged care residents in care homes and villages across the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Philip Smith, Cyber & Technology Practice Leader, Chubb

Philip is a Cyber & Technology Practice Leader at Chubb. He is an experienced insurance practitioner with over 9 years industry experience and is responsible for the underwriting; portfolio management and strategy of Chubb’s Southern Region Cyber & Technology Practice having joined Chubb in January 2019. Prior to his current role, Philip worked for HDI Global in Sydney and Melbourne across multiple Financial Lines and Crisis Management roles, culminating in being the Underwriting Manager Financial Lines & Cyber, Southern Region. As part of his role at HDI he completed a secondment at HDI’s Hanover office working closely with HDI’s highly experienced Fin Lines, Cyber & Crisis Management teams there.

Katherine Robins, Security Services, Australia and New Zealand, IBM Security

Kathy leads IBM Security for Australia and New Zealand. She has a 20+ cyber security career driving innovation and cyber security services and is passionate about technology and enabling cyber security outcomes.
She has designed and run large scale cyber security transformation programs across a number of different sectors including energy and natural resources, government, financial services, retail, health and telecommunications.

She has a deep technical background in all aspects of cyber security including red teaming, incident response, security operations, security engineering, cloud security and security architecture.


December 9, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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