Recognising the threat to both critical infrastructure and human health and safety in the event of a cyber-attack, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients, a publication nearly two years in the making.
“This publication is the result of the collaborative work HHS and its industry partners embarked on more than a year ago – namely, the development of practical, understandable, implementable, industry-led, and consensus-based voluntary cybersecurity guidelines to cost-effectively reduce cybersecurity risks for health care organisations of varying sizes, ranging from local clinics, regional hospital systems, to large health care systems,” wrote Eric Hargan, deputy secretary of HHS.
Suppliers have until the end of January 2019 to sign up to the new government network services purchasing framework.
The government’s £5bn Network Services 2 RM3808 purchasing framework went live over Christmas, with a deadline of the end of January 2019 for suppliers to sign up to offer telecoms and network services to the UK public sector. As usual, the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is keen to encourage SME suppliers to get involved.
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, visited the University of Birmingham today to launch an ambitious new multi-disciplinary Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership.
The Centre builds upon the Health Service Management Centre and the wider University’s strong reputation in leadership. It will become a major regional, national, and international interdisciplinary hub for training and educating leaders in health and social care, and conducting research into leadership and management within these sectors.
University launches ambitious new Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership
The Home Office appears to be creating some movement around the Emergency Services Network (ESN) with the publication of a pre-tender for air to ground (A2G) and aircraft radio systems.
The Christmas period seems to have encouraged UK ISP Vodafone to reduce their fixed line “superfast broadband” (FTTC) and phone prices to a rock bottom level, which means that new customers can take their 35Mbps (average speed) service from £20 a month or 63Mbps from £24 (non-Voda mobile users pay +£2 more).
As usual both packages include a wireless router, unlimited usage, phone line rental, Parental Controls, an 18 month minimum term contract and 6 months of free F-Secure anti-virus software for up to 5 devices. A new line provision charge of £60 (one-off) may also apply if you don’t currently have a fixed phone line at your property, but for most people there are no upfront fees to pay.
UK ISP Baltic Broadband and the not-for-profit Liverpool Internet Exchange (IX Liverpool) have today jointly announced that their 10Gbps business focused fibre optic network in Liverpool (Merseyside) has been expanded to include the Everton and Vauxhall areas.
Prior to this announcement the collaboration had already brought 10Gbps internet connections to entire areas of Liverpool (e.g. the Baltic Triangle, The Fabric District and the Lime Street/Renshaw street area), which they claim is “helping to transform entire communities.” Now it’s gone even further to include Everton and Vauxhall.
The Greater London Authority’s Strategic Investment Pot has awarded £800,000 to the Borough of Havering, which will be used to deploy a new ultrafast fibre optic network into the Rainham area. This could be used for improving connectivity to both public sector sites and businesses.
At present Havering is already extremely well covered by slower hybrid fibre services (FTTC) from Openreach (BT) and they have a significant level of ultrafast broadband coverage via Virgin Media’s cable network, although “full fibre” (FTTP) style connectivity is only available to a tiny proportion of the borough.
The First Day of Christmas
Matthew Riley, Chairman of Daisy Group talks about his focus for 2019 and changes from 2018
The Second Day of Christmas
Jonathan Wright, CTO of Digital-Assured tells us the top 10 Cognitive Technologies to look out for in 2019.
The Third Day of Christmas
Michael Bowyer, Chair of Innopsis, reflects on 2018. Does the next year look to be better or worse for Suppliers?
The Fourth Day of Christmas
Des Ward, from the Common Framework, provides his view of Data Governance direction for 2019.
The Fifth day of Christmas
Government have a commitment that SME’s to receive £1 in every £3 that the public sector spends by 2022. How have they doing this?
The Sixth Day of Christmas
Alyson Edmonds, Head of Digital Innovations at O2 Telefonica talks about Corporate Social responsibility and 2019.
The Seventh Day of Christmas
Connie O’Donnell of Oxford Nanopore Technologies speaks to us about what they are working on in 2019.
The Eighth Day of Christmas
Andrew Halliwell, Product Director at Virgin Media Business tells us his outlook for 2019.