Digital Catapult – Cyber Security Event, March 2016

by Dr. Matt Roach

I arrived at the Digital Catapult fresh off an early train from South Wales, on what seemed like the first bright sunny day in memory (or, of this calendar year at least).

The Digital Catapult space is very impressive; the glass floortiles afford glimpses of the kind of pervasive computing technology usually hidden from view in our daily lives. Here, the digital world is most definitely on display, with a raft of Internet of Things showcases, including, sensors in shoes, baby dummies and bus stops to name a few.

Tech isn’t the only inspiration , the space has a commanding view over the British Library and beyond into the heart of London. Soaking up the gentle Spring sunlight, I turned my thoughts to the topic of the day –  Cyber Security – or just ‘security’ as the techies like to call it.

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Matt with his lanyard at the Digital Catapult

If new computing and electronic sensing devices can be hacked and used for ill as well as good, how big is the risk? Just imagine how many hidden computing devices were contained within my view over what must of been half a square mile in central London?

The theme of the Digital Catapult Cyber Security day brought together a diverse group to discuss what could and should be tackled collectively. Debate centered around a response to the PaCCS – KTN policy briefing “Innovation challenges in cyber security”.

In this blog I relay the main themes and messages that I picked up from the sessions of the day. Continue reading “Digital Catapult – Cyber Security Event, March 2016”

Digital Healthcare Revolution:Harnessing NHS Technology

by Tashi Gyaltsen, CHERISH-DE Project Officer

I had a great day at the  Digital Healthcare Revolution: Harnessing NHS Technology conference in London a couple of weeks ago.  It was fascinating to be in a room full of people who are dedicated to harnessing the potential of digital technology to better serve patients in the UK.

Helen Rowntree, Head of Digital Services, NHS England, quoted 6 million people not online in the UK and she echoed Martha Lane Fox’s first recommendation in her proposal for digital NHS to reach the furthest first.

This struck a strong chord with one of CHERISH-DE’s objectives to reach out and engage with resource-constrained communities and empower them to be part of a digital world.

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Helen Rowntree, Head of Digital Services, NHS England

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