October 28, 2021
Book Chapter

Cyberbiosecurity and Public Health in the Age of COVID-19


Cyberbiosecurity, the aspect of biosecurity involving the digital representation of biological data, had already been emerging as a matter of public concern even prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key issues of concern include, among others, the privacy of patient data, the security of public health databases, the integrity of diagnostic test data, the integrity of public biological databases, the security implications of automated laboratory systems and the security of proprietary biological engineering advances. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of digital resources in combatting it, concern about the potential for cyber attacks by state-based or non-state actors has been elevated. To illuminate the challenges, we focus on the cyber vulnerabilities that need to be addressed in public health activities such as disease surveillance and outbreak management. In particular, we examine cyber issues raised by the accelerated pace of development for COVID mitigations, treatments, and vaccines.

Published: October 28, 2021


Adler A., J. Beal, M.J. Lancaster, and D. Wyschogrod. 2021. Cyberbiosecurity and Public Health in the Age of COVID-19. In Emerging Threats of Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series - C: Environmental Security. Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Security and Resilience Addressing Emerging Synthetic Biology and B, edited by B.D. Trump, M.-V. Florin, E. Perkins and I. Linkov. 103-116. Dordrecht:Springer. PNNL-SA-156091. doi:10.1007/978-94-024-2086-9_7

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