Cybersecurity continues to dominate the headlines in the health service. As recently reported by Digital Health, every NHS trust that has been tested for cyber security standards since 2017’s WannaCry attack has failed.
In fact, NHS Digital and Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be carrying out surprise inspections on NHS trusts as part of efforts to bring cybersecurity up to scratch.
One of the recommendations of Will Smart, NHS England’s chief Information officer, is to appoint a board lead on data security and consider suspending IT access for any executive who fails to complete annual cybersecurity training.
While BT welcomes his recommendations, protecting health care organisations from the threat of cybercrime can be challenging. The health service is particularly vulnerable as it holds sensitive patient information in a fragmented and complex framework.
However, our team of highly-skilled security experts are focused on anticipating, identifying and removing the risk of cybercrime. Konstantinos Karagiannis, our chief technology officer and blockchain hacker, thinks keeping ahead of hackers is key. Watch him talk about why he likes to stimulate attacks and why hackers should be in the team.
Another important aspect is spotting potential threats and advance planning. Melanie Johnstone, head of BT’s Threat Intelligence, reveals their “customers received intelligence around WannaCry six weeks in advance.” Watch her video here.
You can find out more about how BT is helping NHS organisations protect their networks like we protect our own by listening to Amy Lemberger, head of our Incident Response team.
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