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Legal Issues in Data Protection and Cyber Security for Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries

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26th Sep 2017



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The medical, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are essential services built on trust and confidence. Operations and service delivery are dependent entirely on the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data and IT assets. Apart from balancing individual privacy against the legitimate uses of personal data, organisations and individuals must be able to conduct their activities and transactions in a secure and uninterrupted manner.

With greater connectivity and reliance on technology, this has given rise to challenges in terms of legal and regulatory compliance. Recent cases around the world have also shown that the medical data is increasingly a target of cyberattacks. Where cyber risks are concerned, interconnected consequences ranging from cyber security breaches to privacy violations can translate into legal liabilities and damage reputation.

This masterclass provides you with legal insights, industry practices and tools to address data protection and cyber security needs of medical, healthcare and pharmaceutical organisations, and how you can leverage on legal counsel in terms of risk management and incident response.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the differences between data protection and cyber security
  • Overview of the general and sectoral (medical and pharmaceutical) regulatory requirements in Singapore for data protection and cyber security
  • Understanding the legal requirements around ensuring reasonable security
  • Legal considerations when contracting with service providers and technology vendors
  • Legal considerations when dealing with customer and/or patient data
  • Steps for managing employees
  • Legal considerations in international data transfers
  • Incident response during a data breach

Who should attend?

Owners, operators and providers of services in the medical, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, including:-

  • Directors
  • C-Level Executives (e.g. CEO, COO, CIO, CTO, CISO, etc.)
  • In-house Counsel and Compliance Officers
  • Data Protection Officers
  • Risk / Contract / Procurement Managers
  • Business Managers across functional departments (e.g. IT, Customer Service, Marketing, HR)