NHS Digital adds new cybersecurity resources

NHS Digital has updated its security awareness toolkit Keep I.T. Confidential with more cyber security resources to help support clinical settings and social care organisations to improve security culture within their workplace.

NHS and social care organisations are urged to take advantage of of the new resources, which are designed to raise awareness of the threat of ransomware.

There are two sets of campaign materials, one for staff in clinical settings and one for staff in the adult social care sector.

The resources are designed to help organisations run their own cybersecurity awareness when it suits them.

Launched by NHS Digital's Data Security Centre, the aim of the materials is to improve staff knowledge of topics such as phishing, unauthorised data sharing, unlocked screens and weak passwords.

Materials that are included in the toolkit include screensavers, digital banners, sticky notes, social media graphics and an animation.

NHS Digital’s Executive Director of Cyber Operations Mike Fell said: “Good security practices are our shared responsibility and being cyber aware can significantly reduce the chance of cyber events affecting people’s care.

“We know how busy staff are, but we encourage everyone to prioritise reducing security risks as much as they can to protect the NHS and social care against vulnerabilities.

“Taking small, simple steps and considering security in your day-to-day work can make a huge difference and we hope that these resources can really play a part in helping to drive that change.”

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