Experts on the podium and in the audience: On September 25 and 26, the German-language edition of Forbes, in cooperation with IBM and Pfizer, invited a two-day discussion and workshop format, which analyzed the opportunities and risks of data-driven medicine.

Ethical Hacker Ralph Echemendia shook everyone in the room with a speech on data security. “On average, 69 percent of those affected do not even know they were hacked. 27 days it takes to solve a cyberattack, and the cost per attack for a company amounts to about 7.2 million euros on average. A hack is like a natural catastrophe, you can not prevent it, you can only try to discover it as quickly as possible and reduce it’s impact. He repeatedly emphasized the special sensitivity of medical data and Internet-of-Things-Devices (IoT). “We’ve tested it; you can hack your heart pacemaker and could theoretically actually kill someone with it.” “Medical decisions based on data must be secured to ensure the integrity of the data for quality of care; this is a large and at the same time important challenge, which still requires action.” According to Echemendia, the mindset is not yet ready for Cyberspace, but it is not just the health system. Echemendia demonstrated how low the general awareness of data security is, by quickly finding web server access to a medical device database via Google and projecting for us all to see.

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