The network is something that Martin Price, Royal Cornwall Hospital’s IT security manager knows well, being a member.
“There is perhaps no better way to explain the benefits of enhanced knowledge-sharing and professional development than to network with our peers on a slightly more informal basis to get the creative juices flowing.
“Being a part of the CAN gives cyber professionals huge advantages. Each individual in the network brings different skills and mindsets to the group, meaning we are constantly evolving with each other allowing us to advance in our professional development and ultimately protect the NHS.”
Tony Cobain, Digital Director at MIAA, is also a member and says networks such as the CAN are crucial for cyber security roles.
“For me enhanced knowledge sharing and networking boils down to ‘no provider being an island’. So, from that perspective we have a professional duty to ‘level up’ across care communities and the wider health and care footprint.
“The coronavirus pandemic certainly has driven the need for the CAN. It is almost like a self-help group for cyber. For example, someone from an NHS Trust might post about an issue they are having and within minutes another member could provide them with the answer that otherwise could have taken a lot longer to resolve.
There is a great sharing of knowledge on the forum, and it stays there, allowing people to pick on current and emerging issues and to enhance their learning and understanding - making us all stronger.”