NHS Cyber Security Strategy Conference

Date: 21/10/2023
Author: Daniel Snape
Company: Convenzis Group Limited

The NHS Cyber Security conference is an exclusive, in-depth, and highly technical event designed to address the critical cybersecurity challenges faced by the National Health Service.

Hosted at the prestigious 15 Hatfield's Conference Centre in London, this one-day, in-person meeting provides NHS senior managers and leaders with essential insights and strategies to fortify the healthcare system against cyber threats.

This year’s key themes will include:

Ransomware and Data Breach Prevention:

Ransomware attacks have become a significant threat to healthcare organisations worldwide. These attacks can lead to data encryption, financial demands, and disruptions in patient care. Understanding how to prevent, detect, and respond to ransomware incidents is crucial for protecting patient data and ensuring uninterrupted healthcare services.

Secure Medical Device Management:

Medical devices are essential in healthcare, but they are also vulnerable to cyberattacks. Security breaches in these devices can directly impact patient safety. Senior tech leaders need to learn how to manage and secure medical devices, including implementing access controls and regular security assessments to prevent unauthorized access or tampering.

Cloud Security for Healthcare Data:

As healthcare organisations increasingly adopt cloud solutions for data storage and processing, ensuring the security and privacy of patient information in the cloud is paramount. Senior tech leaders should understand the unique challenges and best practices for safeguarding sensitive healthcare data in cloud environments while complying with regulatory requirements like GDPR and HIPAA.

Incident Response and Recovery:

No system is immune to cyberattacks, so it's crucial to have a well-defined incident response plan. This plan should include steps for identifying, containing, eradicating, and recovering from cybersecurity incidents. Effective incident response can minimize damage, reduce downtime, and maintain patient trust.

Identity and Access Management (IAM):

Healthcare organisations deal with a vast amount of sensitive data that needs to be accessed by authorized personnel while keeping unauthorized users at bay. Implementing robust IAM solutions ensures that only the right people have access to patient records and other critical systems. IAM can prevent data breaches and insider threats by enforcing the principle of least privilege.