Health-ISAC Statement on Social Justice

Recently, society has responded to the impact of the senseless loss of black lives. This is not a new phenomenon; but now, in a time when people cannot come together physically, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and countless others, have been a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement and an acknowledgement that we have not done enough to eradicate systemic racism.

ISACs are communities. These communities are at the core of our ability to share critical security information. Our community is incomplete if it is not diverse and we have an active role to play in fostering many necessary changes moving forward.

Addressing systemic racism is deep, complicated, and ongoing work. This movement is not just about those who have lost their lives. It’s also about our co-workers, our neighbors, our family members, our friends. It must happen in every industry, with every person, and in every aspect of our lives. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to take time to think about how to do this in all the various areas of our daily lives.

Here at Health-ISAC, we have ongoing efforts to address diversity, inclusion, and representation. We are now formalizing these efforts into a program and adding to them. We invite the H-ISAC community to partner with us on this work because it’s one thing to make a statement like this, but it’s what we do that matters. Members have been provided with a list of specific actions and information on how to get involved.

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