In May 2017, WannaCry affected organizations across the globe, including numerous hospitals. It led to work shut down at hospitals across the United Kingdom and affected hospitals in Canada and United States. According to a report by an investment banking advisory firm Alpen Capital, the GCC healthcare market is projected to grow at a CGR compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1% per annum from an estimated $40.3 billion in 2015 to $71.3 billion in 2020. With this growth comes the risk of cyber-attacks which can vary from financial fraud and medical insurance fraud to attacks on computer-controlled medical devices to patient information.
MENA Cyber Health Summit aims to create a platform for all stakeholders to discuss and help health care organizations develop a real-time response and recovery to cyber threats.