Department of Health and Social Care
Plans to strengthen NHS cyber security announced
A new multi-million pound Microsoft package will ensure NHS systems have the most up-to-date software with the latest security settings.
The deal with Microsoft will ensure all health and care organisations are using the latest Windows 10 software with up-to-date security settings to help prevent cyber attacks.
Since 2017 the government has invested £60 million to address cyber security weaknesses. A further £150 million will be spent over the next 3 years to improve the NHS’s resilience against attacks. This will include setting up a new digital security operations centre to prevent, detect and respond to incidents.
The centre will:
- allow NHS Digital to respond to cyber attacks more quickly
- allow local trusts to detect threats, isolate infected machines and kill the threat before it spreads
Other measures to improve cyber security include:
- £21 million to upgrade firewalls and network infrastructure at major trauma centre hospitals and ambulance trusts
- £39 million spent by NHS trusts to address infrastructure weaknesses
- new powers given to the Care Quality Commission to inspect NHS trusts on their cyber and data security capabilities
- a data security and protection toolkit which requires health and care organisations to meet 10 security standards
- a text messaging alert system to ensure trusts have access to accurate information – even when internet and email services are down
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
We know cyber attacks are a growing threat, so it is vital our health and care organisations have secure systems which patients trust.
We have been building the capability of NHS systems over a number of years, but there is always more to do to future-proof our NHS against this threat.
This new technology will ensure the NHS can use the latest and most resilient software available – something the public rightly expect.
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