Expert Comment

Professional Security - The NHS has been told to strengthen its data security after information leaks

Whilst it may have a poor record, the NHS is certainly not the only organization facing challenges with securing data.

It's likely that given the sensitive nature of the information it handles, the large number of employees and the profile of the organization, any indiscretions are reported widely. Moreover, the NHS has a legal obligation to disclose every breach to various regulators, In fact, many other organizations, public and private, often experience issues as a result of insecure legacy infrastructure along with a lack of security awareness and technical expertise at all levels. This often leads to poor security practices which in turn leave organizations, open to attacks. All organizations need to focus on four different areas: predication, prevention, detection and response. Security awareness training, both for technical and non-technical people, will also help to reduce staff mistakes.



Accreditations & Certificates

MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 in the UK, internationally accepted standards that outline how to put an effective quality and environmental management systems in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR is approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by NCSC for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
MWR’s consultants hold Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS) qualifications and are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.