Official Press Release
London, June 2020 – The Global Cyber Center operated by SOSA is proud to join the Cyber Alliance to Defend our Healthcare, uniting with luminaries in the cybersecurity world to help combat the unprecedented series of cyberattacks that the healthcare sector has experienced in recent months.
C5 Capital, the specialist investment firm that exclusively invests in the secure data ecosystem, including cybersecurity, AI, cloud and space, first launched the Alliance in March to provide free cybersecurity support to healthcare and research organizations that are already under huge pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since launching the Alliance in March, C5 Capital has noted a ten-fold increase in cyberattacks, such as ransomware, on the sector, adding an additional threat to already-overburdened hospitals, clinics and research facilities.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently warned that more than 25,000 email addresses from its organisation and others related to its operations – such as the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US – had been compromised.
Through collective defence, members of the Alliance are working together to protect healthcare workers on the frontline of the epidemic. This work is helping to ensure hospitals and clinics protect their internal systems and databases for patients, healthcare workers and volunteers. It is also enabling pharmaceutical research and development facilities to safeguard their work while developing a vaccine to fight the COVID-19 virus both safely and efficiently.
SOSA will leverage access to the world’s top cybersecurity and technology innovation ecosystems as well as existing work with multinational corporations and governments to identify, analyze, and select cybersecurity companies as potential candidates for engagement with the Alliance on a rolling basis.
Other members of the Alliance include ITC Secure, IronNet Cyber Security, Haven Cyber Technologies, Enveil, 4iQ, Blue Cedar, SAPNS2, Modex, Telos, OneVinn, Trustar, Privitar, Cynamics, and Klaatu IT Security.
“We’re hugely grateful to have the support of SOSA and welcome them to the Alliance. With many of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts now contributing their services and knowledge for free we have a powerful united front to combat cyber threats to global health organizations when they are already under immense strain as a result of this terrible pandemic, ” said Andre Pienaar, Founder of C5 Capital.
“We are proud to support the Alliance with access to our global innovation network and technology scouting services. As the chosen operator of NYC’s official Global Cyber Center, we will do our part to connect top cybersecurity companies with opportunities to defend critical healthcare infrastructure, personnel, and patients,” said Uzi Scheffer, CEO of SOSA.
SOSA is a global open innovation company developing and executing open innovation programs for international corporates, governments and cities.
SOSA bridges the gap between the supply and demand sides of open innovation. It practices a highly curated tech scouting and deal flow service, in which it identifies best in class tech solutions and top talent, catalysing tech transformation and facilitating dozens of business engagements every year.
SOSA operates NYC’s official Global Cybersecurity Center – a part of CyberNYC.
For more information, visit: https://sosa.co/
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.
Uzi Scheffer, CEO