GNYHA, Members Participate in Cybersecurity Exercise

August 5, 2019

GNYHA and several member health systems recently participated in a multi-sector cybersecurity exercise at the IBM Cyber Range in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The exercise—hosted by the New York City Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure (CCSI) group, which is co-led by the New York City Police Department and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office—convened 30 representatives from numerous sectors, including energy, real estate, telecommunications, and health care.

Emergency management and information technology (IT) security leaders from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System, Mount Sinai Health System, NewYork-Presbyterian Health System, and NYU Langone Health participated in the event. (Several additional hospital members participated in a similar exercise in December.) Exercise scenarios centered on disruptions to hospital IT systems, traffic lights, water pressure, and New York City’s 911 system.

The event took place two days after a cyberattack against several school systems prompted Louisiana’s governor to declare a state of emergency there. Similar attacks also recently impacted Atlanta and Baltimore.

CCSI was founded several years ago to advance multi-sector planning toward mitigating the impact of cyberattacks on New York City. GNYHA has used its participation with the organization to underscore the particular challenges faced by the health sector, and has used CCSI’s information to inform programming and resources for members. To learn more about GNYHA’s activities in the area of cybersecurity, please visit our Cybersecurity Learning Series page.