C5 is enormously grateful to all the many cybersecurity leaders and professionals who are rallying with us to help protect our frontline healthcare workers to combat the pandemic
In this article in “The Hill”, journalist Maggie Miller outlines the collective efforts of information security professionals worldwide, who have come together over the past months to block the efforts of hackers on the healthcare system. We are proud to count C5’s Cyber Alliance to Defend Our Healthcare initiative amongt these efforts.
Thank you to 4iQ who have joined the Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare. 4iQ is offering a free domain watch service for healthcare organizations while they provide frontline care for COVID-19
Identifying exposed credentials to help keep hospitals safe
As the world relentlessly combats the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic, cyber criminals are now posing new threats to the healthcare industry. Ransomware, phishing attacks, account takeover (ATO), and business email compromise incidents are ultimately resulting in compromised, sensitive medical data and disruption of healthcare operations.
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At a time when health-care providers are struggling to handle an influx of patients suffering from Covid-19, medical facilities in the U.S. and Europe have seen a surge of ransomware attacks, as criminal groups seek to exploit the crisis to hit the sector when it’s at its most vulnerable.
It is with a spirit of support for our healthcare providers fighting the on frontlines of this epidemic that C5 has created an alliance of cybersecurity companies, to provide free assistance to hospitals and clinics in the U.K. and Europe.
As teleworking takes on a global scale, new privacy and cybersecurity vulnerabilities emerge. In this interview with Sam Birchall, I discuss cyberattacks as an emerging threat from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Leaders in Cybersecurity Have United to Combat an Unprecedented Level of Cyberattacks Particularly Targeting the Healthcare Sector in the Wake of the Covid-19 Crisis: C5 Capital
– The Alliance – including ITC Secure, IronNet, Haven Cyber Technologies, Enveil, 4iQ and Blue Cedar – has been established by C5 Capital, the specialist investment firm.
– Its first action is to provide key healthcare and research facilities with free access to a state-of-the-art cybersecurity solution through the Collective Cyber Defence for Healthcare initiative
– The initiative follows a more than doubling of cyberattacks on the global healthcare sector in the last two months.
– Attackers have targeted hospitals, clinics and even pharmaceutical research and development facilities working on a potential vaccine.
– The Collective Cyber Defence for Healthcare has been co-ordinated by C5 Capital and ITC Secure, a Network Security Consultancy specialising in cyber security.
C5 Capital, the specialist investment firm that exclusively invests in the secure data ecosystem, including cybersecurity, AI, cloud and space, has created an Alliance of leading cybersecurity firms to tackle issues arising from the pandemic. There has been an unprecedented number of cyberattacks against the healthcare sector since the emergence of Covid-19, adding an additional threat level to overburdened hospitals, clinics and research facilities.
The C5 Alliance – which includes leading industry companies such as ITC Secure, IronNet, Haven Cyber Technologies, Enveil, 4iQ and Blue Cedar – follows a 150% increase in healthcare cyberattacks in the last two months, such as phishing emails pretending to be from the World Health Organisation (WHO), and ransomware.
Its first active response is the launch of the Collective Cyber Defence for Healthcare initiative under which C5 will provide free access for hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities in the UK and Europe to its IronDome system, the industry’s first collective crowd sourcing defence product which is based on IronNet’s collective defence solution. It will be managed by ITC Secure’s 24/7 Security Operations Centre (SOC) based in London.
Through its existing networks, the powerful industry Alliance is already providing access to IronDome for leading healthcare organisations working at the forefront of the epidemic.
The initiative will help ensure hospitals and clinics protect their internal systems and databases for patients, healthcare workers and volunteers. It will also enable pharmaceutical research and development facilities to safeguard their work while developing a vaccine to fight the Covid-19 virus both safely and efficiently.
IronDome takes the behavioural intelligence derived from cyber anomalies and shares it across an industry sector to deliver machine-speed visibility of potential threat campaigns. Using IronDome, security analysts with shared interests can work together in near-real-time to collaboratively defend their data.
Andre Pienaar, Founder, C5 Capital said: “Healthcare companies and organisations are facing growing threats, as seen with the NHS attacks in 2017. Now with the Covid-19 crisis they are facing an unprecedented assault from cyberattacks. This initiative takes immediate action in helping to protect health services in the UK and Europe in the best way possible, with the knowledge of some of the world’s best cybersecurity experts.”
Sir Iain Lobban, C5 Investment Committee member and former Director of GCHQ, said: “Cyber criminals are opportunity-driven: they won’t waste a crisis. Creating this alliance of security professionals will help protect hard-pressed health services at this time of vulnerability.”
Paddy McGuinness, C5 Strategic Partner and former UK Deputy National Security Adviser for Intelligence, Security and Resilience, commented: “With the dramatic spread of Covid-19 a coordinated approach to the crisis is crucial. The cybersecurity industry has a key role to play, and this initiative addresses a growing and immediate issue. We are proud to be joining forces with a host of excellent cybersecurity companies to help tackle this problem within healthcare.”
About C5 Capital
C5 Capital Limited (C5) is a global specialist investment firm that exclusively invests in the secure data ecosystem including cybersecurity, cloud infrastructure, and applied data analytics. The firm is dedicated to nurturing a secure digital future and our investment strategy is based on an approach of building long-term relationships with innovative companies that share in our mission. For more information, visit: www.c5capital.com
About ITC Secure
ITC has over two decades of experience delivering cyber security solutions to organisations in over 180 countries. At the heart of ITC’s cyber services is a London based, 24-hour, manned security operations centre. From this centre of excellence, ITC’s teams deliver high quality managed security services to help organisations manage the growing complexity of cyber threats and securely support their digital transformation. ITC’s cyber advisors support customers from our London and Washington DC offices, driving cyber security change inside organisations and helping them make the right security investment choices. ITC is making the digital world a safer place to do business.
About IronNet Cybersecurity
Founded in 2014 by GEN Alexander, IronNet Cybersecurity is a worldwide cybersecurity leader in network traffic analysis that is revolutionizing how enterprises, industries, and governments secure their networks by delivering the first-ever collective defense platform operating at scale. IronNet combines the skills of its cybersecurity operators with their real-world experience working on both offense and defense in the public and private sectors, integrating this deep tradecraft knowledge into its industry-leading products to solve the most challenging cyber problems facing industry today.
For details on accessing C5’s IronDome please contact: Tessa Pereira, Chief Information Security Officer, C5 Capital at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yesterday C5 Capital announced its investment in Satelles, a US-based provider of secure Satellite Time and Location (STL) services. C5 led the $26M round, which included both financial investors and participation from strategic partner Iridium Communications. This investment marks the first time C5 Capital has invested in a company involved in the space economy, a sector which is projected to more than triple to become $1 trillion market by 2040.
Our specialization in cyber security has taught us one very clear lesson, that cyber attacks know no boundaries. Unfortunately, this means that the space economy is subject to the same vulnerabilities and threats as the rest of our infrastructure, and what can be exploited, will be exploited. At risk are the applications that run off of traditional Global Positioning System (GPS) and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), which can be spoofed, disrupted or are subject to the performance limitations of GPS on requirements such as in-building coverage. Applications in key markets such as government, telecom, energy, critical infrastructure, financial services, data center applications, mobile applications, and logistics increasingly rely on secure time and location signals from space and are subject to disruption.
An attack on global positioning and navigation systems, which can include jamming, hacking, or spoofing—a method by which a radio transmitter near the target is used to interfere with a legitimate GPS signal, could make these applications fail or be viewed as untrustworthy. The news media have already highlighted issues with GPS spoofing, and GPS downtime is increasingly seen as a national security and economic threat, resulting in calls for a secure backup or alternative to GPS. A recent report, sponsored by the US National Institute of Standards of Technology, estimated that a 30-day interruption to GPS would result in a $45 billion loss to the US economy alone.
Satelles overcomes these issues with a secure time and location service that runs over the Iridium constellation of 66 Low-Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites, allowing devices to connect from almost anywhere on the planet. With a direct partnership with Iridium, Satelles is able to exclusively provide the service over Iridium’s existing LEO satellite infrastructure with superior coverage and a signal that is 1,000 times stronger than GPS. This produces a service that achieves much higher in-building penetration, allowing a greater use of applications.
Importantly, Satelles’ unique technology and partnership with Iridium has allowed them to create a truly scalable and trusted STL as a service platform which can be turned on and off by region, thus creating a truly unique business model.
Finally, we believe Satelles be successful because it is run by an innovative team, including serial entrepreneurs and satellite experts Michael O’Connor and Gregory Gutt. Both Ph.D.’s from Stanford, Mike and Greg have studied and worked with other GPS technology pioneers, developed innovative GPS technology, and successfully started and grew the satellite-based farming automation company Novariant. They know and understand the issues with global positioning and navigation and are the two most qualified individuals to run an innovative company like Satelles.
The combination of a new and growing market, proprietary technology and position, unique business model, and innovative team all line up to rocket Satelles forward to success. We look forward to working with the Satelles team as they continue the deployment of secure satellite time and location services.
As a side note, Satelles is C5 Capital’s first investment in the nexus of cyber and space, but not our only activity. C5 Accelerate, our accelerator arm, is currently sponsoring an early-stage accelerator cohort that includes companies focused on both cyber and space issues. One key event for this cohort will be with a panel for invited guests that includes thought leaders to discuss the issues around space and cyber on October 18th in Washington DC. If you are interested in attending that panel discussion, sign up at our invitation page. Report this
William KilmerAuthor | Investor | Company BuilderPublished • 59m37 articlesFollowingOur investment in Satelles was driven by a clear market need, a unique business model, and experienced team. As we become more dependent on secure time and location to drive our applications, Satelles’ on-demand satellite time and location (STL) service will be come a significant component in the space and terrestrial economies.