New Data Security and Protection Toolkit launched

To improve the way hospitals keep patient information safe, NHS Digital has launched the new Data Security and Protection Toolkit.

Replacing the previous Information Governance Toolkit, the Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows health and social care organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s ten data security standards. All organisations that have access to NHS patient data and systems must complete the Toolkit to provide assurance that they are practising good data security.

Dan Taylor, Programme Director for the Data Security Centre at NHS Digital, said, “The Data Security and Protection Toolkit is a powerful tool which health and care organisations will use to assess their cyber preparedness. This launch marks the start of a journey, with the Toolkit forming a foundation for long-term improvements in patient data security. The Toolkit is part of a number of new initiatives to build public trust in the way we secure their data.”

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