Digital Health columnist Davey Winder reflects on 2019 and explores whether anything has changed in healthcare cyber security.
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Our latest round-up of cyber security news includes proposed guidance on securing the PACS ecosystem and a report that WannaCry is still alive and well.
Research by Parliament Street revealed that NHS trusts spent a collective £612m on IT in 2018/19, compared to £460m in the year directly preceding WannaCry.
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A white paper written by researchers from Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation says fresh investment is “urgently needed” to defend against threats that could put the safety of patients at risk.
Dr Barney Gilbert told Digital Health that “very few” NHS workers would be aware of the guidance for using apps like WhatsApp to quickly share patient data.
It was unclear if the 100 NHS boards that had completed their training were of the 236 hospital trusts in England or of primary care NHS organisations.
Hackers are turning towards hidden HTTPs tunnels that appear as normal encrypted web traffic to target healthcare organisations, research suggests.
Internet of Things (IoT) devices were identified as the weakest link in an IT network, according to research from software technologies company Check Point.
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A freedom of information request which revealed a lack of cyber and information governance training may be something of a red herring. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t valuable work to be done on creating a cyber-qualified NHS IT workforce, our expert columnist Davey Winder argues.
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.