Jenna Mandel-Ricci, GNYHA Vice President of Professional and Regulatory Affairs, was part of a panel on cybersecurity protection for critical infrastructure at an October 3 financial crimes and cybersecurity symposium hosted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s (DA) Office.

Moderated by DA Cyrus Vance, the panel discussed the unique challenges facing key private sectors in New York City and how the government works to increase collaboration among these sectors to improve overall preparedness, intelligence sharing, and response capabilities.

Fellow panelists were from Con Edison, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the New York Police Department (NYPD), and New York City Cyber Command. Ms. Mandel-Ricci discussed how hospitals prepare for all types of emergencies, including cyberattacks; the health care sector’s unique challenges, including the vulnerability of medical devices; and how hospitals develop and test their cybersecurity response plans.

With cyberattacks overall rising, particularly on municipalities, panelists also discussed the New York City Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure (CCSI) initiative. Jointly led by the Manhattan DA’s Office and the NYPD, CCSI increases communication about cyber risks and fosters coordination and formal response mechanisms in the event of cyberattacks on any part of the City’s critical infrastructure. GNYHA has been an active part of CCSI since its inception in 2017.