Patient Data Worth 10 – 20X More Than Credit Card Data
Following recent cyber attacks, the NHS “must learn” from the cyber-attacks (Friday 12th May 2017) and upgrade its IT systems, the home secretary has said.
Amber Rudd told the BBC the services of 45 NHS organisations in England and Scotland had been disrupted amid a global attack that affected organisations across the world. She stressed there was no evidence patient data had been compromised.
Patient data is now worth 10 -20 times more on the ‘dark web’ than credit card data so it is vital that everything is done to prevent these cyber attacks.
Recently, Sky News claimed that NHS Trusts are ‘putting patients at risk’ by not protecting their data online. Examining the cyber security in the NHS, security experts found misconfigured email servers, outdated software and security certificates.
Operating in a digitally driven society, industries have to adapt their approach to meet changing environments and technologies.
Digitalisation in the NHS
In light of this, NHS Trusts and Health Boards are forced to turn to digitalisation to meet government set deadlines to become paperless by 2023. This provides many key benefits including increasing efficiency and transforming care for patients, whilst also presenting some risks – if left unaddressed. Something that has been highlighted in the recent cyber attacks.
As a result of allowing their contract with Microsoft to lapse in May 2015 NHS Trusts have been running thousands of outdated and unsupported Windows XP machines therefore infrastructure and data was left vulnerable to hackers.
Cyber attacks within the NHS are not a new thing. According to NHS Digital, NHS hospital trusts in England reported 16 cyber attacks in 2015 and an increase to 55 cyber attacks in 2016. This problem, as highlighted by Oliver Farnan from the Oxford Cyber Security Centre is that “money is only really spent on security once everything else is up and running and in place... it always comes second”.
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- Robin Modak CEO, GENMED
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In 2016 Genmed were the first NHS managed service provider to provide a contract structure to flatten costs for electronic document management, storage and medical records scanning costs to release cashable savings.
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