This month’s round-up of cyber security news nibs includes a cyber-attack on US healthcare provider Atrium Health and a report from the ICO that details how a GP surgery secretary was fired and fined for reading colleagues’ medical records.
Cybercrime is on the march and brings with it the risk of worryingly levels of disruption to vital services – healthcare chief among them. In May 2017, WannaCry ransomware affected a third of NHS acute trusts and gave an insight into the impact such attacks can have.
According to some local medical committees in England, police are using subject access requests to acquire the medical histories of individuals who have applied for a firearms licence – a mechanism the ICO argues breaches data protection law.
Matt Hancock’s musings on the importance of prevention for the nation’s health have got our expert columnist Davey Winder dreaming of a similar approach to cybersecurity – and pulling out his Star Trek analogies.
Yoshitaka Sakurada was appointed to the cabinet last month, and serves as deputy chief of the government’s cybersecurity strategy office. But when questioned by opposition politicians earlier this week, he admitted he’s never used a computer.
Our latest cyber round-up covers new guidelines for internet-connected toys and rumours that Facebook is shopping around for a cyber security company.
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The trust has selected Vectra’s Cognito platform to secure its IT networks against cyber-attacks and help ease strain on the community provider’s IT security team.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been accredited an ISO 27001 certification in information security following an independent assessment.
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It seems NHS Digital is opposing a recommendation that all NHS organisations comply with the Cyber Essentials Plus Standard by June 2021. And while there is no evidence that cyberattacks have declined since the WannaCry incident which led to the recommendation’s creation, our expert columnist specultates the opposition may just be justified.
The Department of Health and Social Care’s latest update on cyber resilience in health and care suggests WannaCry cost the service £20m during the attack, with an additional £72m of costs in the aftermath.