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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Physical Security Measures

Organizations involved in the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine should take proactive measures to enhance their overall physical security posture. To achieve secure and resilient vaccine distribution, workers along the supply chain and vaccine recipients should use available resources to assess suggested mitigation methods against physical security attacks. To help meet this need, CISA created the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Physical Security Measures infographic.

Confronting Heightened Cybersecurity Threats Amid COVID-19

Did you know that Americans’ private health data is estimated to be worth up to 20 times the value of financial data on the Dark Web?[1]  This makes the Health and Public Health (HPH) Sector a primary target for cybercriminals. When an HPH Sector entity is affected by a cyber event, the public may lose its ability to engage with or receive health services, putting lives at risk.  The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the stakes, increasing cyber risk in the HPH Sector in proportion the increased pace of activity amid widespread transition to remote work environments.

Confronting Heightened Cybersecurity Threats Amid COVID-19

Did you know that Americans’ private health data is estimated to be worth up to 20 times the value of financial data on the Dark Web?[1]  This makes the Health and Public Health (HPH) Sector a primary target for cybercriminals. When an HPH Sector entity is affected by a cyber event, the public may lose its ability to engage with or receive health services, putting lives at risk.  The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the stakes, increasing cyber risk in the HPH Sector in proportion the increased pace of activity amid widespread transition to remote work environments.

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

CISA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and other government partners to support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the U.S., including support to Operation Warp Speed. As part of the unified federal effort, CISA brings expertise in risk analysis and mitigation approaches, cyber and physical security, supply chain security, and critical infrastructure partnerships.

Primer on Safe & Efficient Handling of Dry Ice

As critical infrastructure owner/operators participate as a key cold chain connection in America’s transportation and distribution of coronavirus vaccines, this product will help owners/operators ensure they are safely and efficiently handling dry ice, and subsequently while there is limited supply, ensure the safety and integrity of facilities that receive, house, and distribute the vaccines. Supply chain disruptions, order integrity issues, and monitoring integrity can all have a negative impact on the ability for the U.S. to efficiently and effectively distribute critical COVID-19 vaccines.

Critical Questions & Considerations for Cold Chain, Storage, and Dry Ice Operations

As we enter this “last mile” for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, numerous state and local planners have done diligent work to prepare for their custodial responsibilities. In support of these plans, and to ensure maximum realization of the COVID-19 efforts to date, CISA has developed critical questions and considerations that may inform and assist in further reducing risk to these life-saving efforts. These risks elevate the importance for the security and integrity of myriad of entities receiving, transporting, housing, and distributing COVID-19 vaccines. Any disruption to their delivery may impact public health, economic, and national security interests.

Cold Storage Cyber Custodial Care

As America prepares for distribution of coronavirus vaccines, the security and integrity of facilities that will receive, house, and distribute COVID-19 vaccines has come into focus. Physical or cyber disruptions to the ability of the nation to maintain supplies of COVID-19 vaccines at sufficiently cold temperatures could interfere with the nation’s ability to protect its citizens from illness and further delay full economic recovery.

RESPONDING TO A PANDEMIC: TECHNOLOGY CONSIDERATIONS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINTS

During a pandemic, public safety answering points (PSAPs) around the country must be prepared for reduced onsite staff due to social distancing measures and increased sick and family medical leave. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently interviewed Ed Reuter, Executive Director of the Indiana Statewide 9-1-1 Board, to discuss these solutions and lessons learned. Highlights of the interview are summarized below.