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Possessing large IT infrastructures and vast amounts of stored personal data, organisations in the healthcare sector are a common target for cybercriminals. The WannaCry ransomware attack that hit the UK’s National Health Service in mid-2017 highlights the high level of disruption that malicious attacks can have on hospitals, health trusts, GP practices and other healthcare bodies.
Common cyber security challenges in the healthcare sector include:
• Protecting large, often antiquated IT estates
• Juggling conflicts between service efficiency and patient confidentiality
• Keeping up with continuous workplace digitisation
• Working with limited public funding and competing IT priorities
• Educating staff about cyber security risks
Key security questions organisations in the healthcare sector should be asking:
Patient confidentiality has always been a priority within the healthcare sector, but with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) now in force, the importance is greater than ever.
Ensuring that personal data, such as confidential patient health records, is protected against unauthorised processing, accidental loss and destruction forms a key part of the requirements of the GDPR and DPA. So too is the need to have robust procedures in place to detect and investigate personal data breaches as well as report them within 72 hours to a relevant authority and, in high-risk cases, to affected individuals.
€20 million or 4% of global turnover (whichever is greater)
The maximum GDPR penalty for a cyber security breach.
All UK organisations that handle health and social care information must also comply with The National Data Guardian (NDG) Data Security Standards. Among the 10 NDG standards is the need to ensure that personal data is processed securely, conduct annual security testing, achieve Cyber Essentials certification and swiftly report data breaches.
By helping healthcare organisations address gaps in their cyber security as well as proactively detect and respond to threats when they occur, Redscan’s affordable managed cyber security services support swift, hassle-free GDPR, DPA and NDG compliance.
Redscan has extensive experience helping hospitals, health trusts and other healthcare organisations to assess cyber security risk, address vulnerabilities and proactively detect and respond to the latest cyber security threats.
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