The number of cyber-attacks around the world exploded in 2020: exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity for cybercriminals to take advantage of the shift in focus towards smart working and hospital staff transferred to the frontline.
In March 2019, the EU Trade Association, COCIR, outlined its position in relation to the different requirements in various EU legislative frameworks aimed at addressing increasing cybersecurity risks associated with the growing number of connected digital health technologies, spanning devices, systems and infrastructure. The report focuses on both specific aspects for the healthcare sector and the industry horizontally.
The report covers policy measures spanning the Medical Device Regulation (MDR); the Directive on the Security of Networks and Information Systems; the General Data Protection Regulation; the Cybersecurity Act and international standards, as well as considerations about security by design, weaving into each the viewpoints of COCIR members. These viewpoints are of interest to PANACEA as part of its human-centric approach to improving cybersecurity in healthcare through people, processes and technology.
The report underscores the need to broaden the discussions on the regulatory aspects to ensure better harmonisation and alignment to EU and national laws that set security requirements for products and services. The main recommendations for European, reginal and national regulators are:
COCIR is the European Trade Association representing the medical imaging, radiotherapy, health ICT and electromedical industries.
Lookout Watch entry date: 07/08/2019