#CyberFLASH: CIO advice on cybersecurity – from education to investment


Security remains top of mind for organizations across Canada from IT leaders all the way up to the executive boardroom. Here in British Columbia, there is annual event called the BC Aware Campaign which is meant to educate the broader community on today’s modern cybersecurity challenges.

Oliver Grüter-Andrew is the CIO of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) in British Columbia. He will be participating in a panel discussion put on by the Vancouver chapter of the CIO Association of Canada. The three health organizations for which Oliver has IM/IT responsibility have a combined workforce of over 95,000 staff, physicians, nurses and volunteers.

PHSA’s primary role is to ensure that British Columbia residents have access to a coordinated network of high-quality specialized health care services and also operates provincial agencies including BC Children’s Hospital, BC Transplant, and BC Cancer Agency. VCH and PHC provide hospital and community care services in BC’s Lower Mainland, as well as a series of specialized tertiary services for all BC residents. All three organizations have an extensive research and teaching focus.

I spoke with Oliver to get his unique leadership perspective and insight across of variety of topics related to cybersecurity – from education to investment.

Brian: What current threats are driving investments in security?

Oliver: “In healthcare, we are concerned about many of the same security threats that also affect other sectors: there is a significant rise in phishing attacks that aim to take over an identity to access confidential files. The

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