WithSecure™ (formerly F-Secure Business) and Plantvision have announced that they are intensifying their collaboration in Sweden to help life science customers coordinate work around cyber security and compliance. This collaboration is particularly relevant in light of the fact that the European Commission has revised the current NIS Directive and published NIS 2 which further tightens the security and risk management requirements.
“The IT threats to the life science sector are becoming more and more serious, and the requirements for compliance throughout the value chain are becoming increasingly tough, especially in connection with NIS 2,” says Anna-Lena Mann, Business Area Manager Compliance at Plantvision. “It requires coordinated efforts that both focus on patient safety and that protect providers from large potential financial damages. Cyber security and training must be built into customers’ processes, says Anna-Lena Mann.
NIS 2, the new directive for cyber security, will be introduced into Swedish legislation as early as October next year (2024). The aim of the directive is partly to include more sectors and create a higher common security level within the EU, through new requirements for risk management, incident reporting, incident management and security in applications and infrastructure. This requires extensive initiatives in security work and preparations to meet the new security requirements in the life science sector.
– Within the life science industry, we are seeing more and more complex IT attacks directed at companies and authorities,” says Ingrid Waldheim, Managing Consultant at WithSecure. “Compliance in cyber security is a complex area, and our customers need to continuously ensure that they are in line with the existing laws and regulations. Through the collaboration with Plantvision, we can offer our customers in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry exactly this, says Ingrid Waldheim.
WithSecure and Plantvision will offer workshops, events and trainings about what NIS 2 means and how companies should relate to it.
Together, the companies have over 50 years of experience in helping companies in the healthcare sector and life science to implement business-adapted processes and working methods according to the regulations that exist in cyber security and compliance to ensure compliance and an increased level of security.