Issue 25       March 2016
Information Sharing & Security
Welcome to your March 2016 EISS newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>

Boil away the rhetoric around devolution and it’s largely about shifting to models of joined up support for people and earlier intervention. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that how we share and use information is a key foundation piece in this new model. The organisations that manage their information well will undoubtedly be at an advantage. How is yours doing? A good place to start is to look again at information assets and determine what's most valuable.

If this is your first newsletter, welcome to the iNetwork Information Sharing and Security community ~ please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, comments or feedback at or

If you'd like to share your thoughts through an
iNetwork blog or giving a talk at a coming forum we'd be more than happy. Drop me a line and let's see if we can work something out.

We also like to hear from you if you have any case studies, stories that you would like to share OR ‘Requests for Help’ that you would like to ask the rest of the community. Together, we can collaborate and innovate our way to create a successful platform for the spread of good ideas across our community.
If you have any colleagues that would like to receive a copy of this newsletter – please feel free to forward them this newsletter and send me their contact details (with their permission) and I shall be happy to add them to the mailing list so that they receive the next newsletter direct into their inbox.
Best wishes
Phil (@phil_swan, and 0161 3423445)


Building Cyber Security and Resilience in a Digital world, 22 April

After an excellent WARP meeting this month (CCTV issues anyone? ) we're following up with our annual #infosecurity conference. With speakers on the national cyber security strategy, the future of PSN, consequence management, the new EU General Data Protection Regulations and more it proposes to be a very insightful day. Register at:

What are your big issues for 2016-17?

After a good discussion at the EISS Network Leadership Group please let us know your priorities for our support in 2016-17. We've got a starter for 10 but we would like to check it works for you. See 

2nd Attempt: Digital data sharing agreements event

Having been snowed off we're rescheduling the digital data sharing agreements event for Cheshire & Merseyside for April - date to be confirmed very shortly! We'll send out a reminder when it's confirmed.


Social care digital maturity assessment 

Just launched to align with developing Health and Social Care Digital Road-map:  
Not more ransom-ware

No not Esther's undergarments (what was I thinking?) but the deluge of largely undirected phishing attacks particularly through invoices and materials from compromised and spoofed suppliers. Please ensure that you're using CiSP ( to report malicious code and for advice such as running internal awareness campaigns to stop staff clicking those links. More on this on 22 April at
iNetwork's "What Works" examples

iNetwork's "What Works" examples
We're putting your leading thinking examples online in a new "What Works" area. To start with this will include the 80 or so iNetwork Award entries and their videos. Here's a taste of the good stuff:
- Trafford's Innovation and Intelligence Lab: 
- The Information Sharing Gateway: 
- The iLinks Informatics Transformation Programme: 
See the growing list here

ICO launches new microsite on the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

As we covered at the ICO conference recently 

iStandUK (formerly LeGSB) launches a much improved website with new research papers and forums


New National Cyber Security Centre to bring UK cyber expertise together
GDS says it’s going to open up address data
DCLG's video outlines the key steps for local government in building resilience against cyber incidents
Are your suppliers registered with Cyber Essentials? Ideally Cyber Essentials Plus. Some organisations are now including this requirement in tenders: 

That's all for this month! Hope to see you soon!
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