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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Securing the Health Sector

Weekly Webinar Series Co-Hosted by HHS, InfraGard NCR, and DHS

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights how critical it is to safeguard our Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) infrastructure. HHS/ASPR’s Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection is partnering with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and InfraGard National Capital Region (InfraGard NCR) on a webinar series to inform the private sector, state and local government first responders, and public healthcare professionals of potential increased threats to HPH facilities. The webinars will explore physical security challenges facing healthcare, medical manufacturing, and research communities due to their criticality to the COVID-19 response. 

Upcoming Webinars

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Archived Webinars

Access Controls in a Healthcare Environment

Webinar Date: July 24, 2020 | Archived webinar coming soon
With the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) recent advisories of foreign state actors targeting COVID-19 researchers and vaccine developers, it is absolutely critical to bolster the Healthcare of Public Health (HPH) Sector’s security posture as a whole. Our partners in HHS's Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) talk about access control and how physical security measures can be applied.


Infrastructure Resiliency and Continuity of Operations

Webinar Date: July 10, 2020
Between the ongoing pandemic and the approaching hurricane season, having a plan in place for resiliency and continuity of operations is critical for every healthcare facility. Our two panelists speak to the importance and main tenets of infrastructure resilience preparation and forming a Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan.


COVID-19 and the Use of Thermal Detection Cameras in the Healthcare Environment

Webinar Date: June 26, 2020
With the ongoing pandemic, some of the most at-risk responders are those working in healthcare settings. Precautions must be taken for all patients entering a healthcare facility, whether or not their visit is for COVID-19 symptoms. One way of safely screening patients is to check for fevers from a safe distance using thermal detection cameras. Our expert panelists will discuss implementing these devices and overcoming related challenges at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and Northwell Health.


Active Shooter at a Clinic in 2012

Webinar Date: Friday, June 12, 2020
Active Shooter at a Clinic in 2012,” offers an in-depth study of a 2012 active shooter event. An attending physician and local law enforcement officials will cover the basic facts of the incident, challenges that arose during and immediately after the shooting, the incident’s impact on patients and staff, and specific lessons learned during and after the shooting.


Patient-Generated Violence

Webinar Date: June 5, 2020

The Patient-Generated Violence webinar offers an overview of violence in healthcare. The presenters are seasoned healthcare security executives who will describe what kinds of workplace violence occur in healthcare settings and why. These presenters specifically address actions being taken to combat patient-generated violence, including legislative remedies. They also offer specific techniques and strategies for mitigating and preventing violence in a healthcare setting, including the importance design plays in the care environment.


Threats to Vaccine Researchers and Manufacturers

Webinar Date: May 29, 2020

The Threats to Vaccine Researchers and Manufacturers webinar offered a variety of ways in which state and non-state cyber actors are exploiting the pandemic to target US public and private sector institutions, including efforts to gain intelligence, conduct cybercrime (such as ransomware), and spread misinformation. Compromising or stealing information about vaccines jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options.

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Animal Rights Extremists

Webinar Date: May 22, 2020

The Animal Rights Extremists webinar offered a strategic, introductory-level overview of these extremists' targets and tactics, discussions of some recent criminal activity affecting the health sector and other sectors, and an assessment of the threat environment in 2020.


Physical Security for Alternate Care Sites

Webinar Date: May 15, 2020

Many healthcare entities are setting up alternative care sites to combat COVID-19. The Physical Security for Alternate Care Sites webinar offered a strategic, introductory-level overview of physical security considerations and resources for alternative care sites, including a summary of HHS guidance and resources, direct experience from leaders of current alternate care sites, and recommendations from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.


Understanding and Mitigating Risks of Active Shooters

Webinar Date: May 8, 2020
Understanding and Mitigating Risks of Active Shooters offers a strategic, introductory-level overview of active shooter incidents, including a description of applicable resources from DHS, a summary brief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) recently released "Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019," and a strategic perspective from the head of workplace violence and security for the largest nonprofit health system in the US.

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Protecting Healthcare Facilities from IEDs

Webinar Date: May 1, 2020
Since 2017, U.S. healthcare facilities have experienced at least 247 domestic improvised explosive device (IED) incidents, ranging from bomb threats to suspicious packages. What’s the threat landscape? What are common vulnerabilities for healthcare stakeholders? What are some best practices to prevent IED incidents?

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Protecting Our Frontline Health Facilities from Evolving Security Threats during COVID-19

Webinar date: April 24, 2020 | Archived webinar coming soon

Security threats to HPH Sector continue to evolve. Learn about recent COVID-19-related threats of violence to healthcare facilities, the physical security threat landscape for healthcare providers, and specific protection strategies and resources for healthcare providers.


Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors

  • This page last reviewed: September 14, 2020