Regulator the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just released new security guidance for medical device manufacturers as part of a major push to improve information security in the healthcare sector there. With its recommendations to follow industry frameworks like NIST, improve information sharing and adopt best practices around vulnerability disclosures, it’s a long overdue and positive step from the agency. So what of the UK’s healthcare sector?
With the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching, I’m afraid to say things are still far from where they should be. Healthcare is by a country mile the worst offender when it comes to data security incidents. It’s time that changed. Continue reading →
Nowhere in the UK does technology have the potential to positively affect more people’s lives than in the government sector. Digital transformation not only offers the prospect of making government more efficient – so more tax revenue can be ploughed into improving service quality – but it can ensure all members of society have access to the services they’re entitled to. But there are also dangers. Government is one of the most frequently targeted industries when it comes to cyber attacks, so those manning IT security in its various departments and agencies need to be on top of their game.
That’s why we have conferences like IA15 next week (9th-10th November) – the government’s flagship annual information assurance and cyber security event. I’ll be taking part in London next week to discuss how the security industry can keep pace with the ever growing cyber threat. Continue reading →