Cyber security almost nonexistent in the NHS, study suggests

Cyber security almost nonexistent in the NHS, study suggests

NHS trusts throughout England have insufficient training programmes to defend workers against online threats, found a freedom of information request.

In a recent study conducted by cloud solutions company Accellion, 71% of all NHS Trusts said that they were aware with regards to tablets or smartphones being used at work. The same number confessed to offering a limited training programme, or none at all, for safeguarding data when these devices are used.

More than two fifths (41%) of the Trusts said that they lean on encryption, server security, or the professionalism of employees in adhering to data security policies.

Further, just 53% of the Trusts claimed to provide a secure, enterprise-grade application to share patient data. This number needs to improve due to the rise in usage of smart technology.

Accellion President and CEO Yorgen Edholm, said:

“With a reported 93% of data breaches caused by human error, the integration of smartphones into the UK health service must be properly managed. Data breaches are continuing at an alarming rate, yet a cyber security mindset is still not ingrained at every level of the NHS Trusts.”

The NHS could find itself a prime target if it is not careful, as cyber criminals don’t tend to be too concerned with who they attack. Whether we’re talking about a body such as the NHS, or an SME in any other sector, it is crucial that they make cyber security jobs to professionals capable of protecting customer data.

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