NHS to Expand Cyber Security Service

NHS Digital is launching three cyber security services, which will be rolled out to NHS health and care organisations.

The services have been created by the organisation’s cyber security arm, CareCert, which launched last year.

The aim of the programme is to enhance cyber resilience across health and social care by providing incident broadcasts, training and resources to health and care providers.

One of the services is an e-learning portal called CareCert Knowledge, which aims to help health and care organisations train staff in “cyber security basics”.

NHS Digital worked with Health Education England to develop content for the portal, which along with other services, will be tested from this month. 

The organisation, which was formerly known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), is also launching CareCert Assure – designed to help organisations assess their cyber security measures against the standards set by industry.

Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission worked in partnership with national data guardian Fiona Caldicott, and set out 10 new data security standards that will apply to all organisations holding health and care information.

The standards will include ensuring technology is secure and up to date and that people are equipped to handle information safely and that staff have proper training and understand their responsibilities.

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