Care providers are encouraged to check their cyber security arrangements

As a result of the war in Ukraine, the National Cyber Security Centre (“NCSC”) has reminded all organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences, including care providers.

According to an article published on the Digital Social Care website, care providers should take actionable steps to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and their impact if they happen to their organisation.

Michelle Corrigan, Programme Director of Better Security, Better Care stated:

“This recent report of malicious cyber incidents in an around the Ukraine may feel like a remote risk for care providers in England – but in the cyber world, we are all neighbours. Cyber criminals seek out weaknesses wherever they can find them. Care providers should use the Data Security and Protection Toolkit to assess and improve how they protect their information. But it isn’t a one-off exercise. They need to ensure they follow good cyber security practice in order to reduce the risk of falling victim to malicious cyber attacks – or unintended breaches.”

It is advised on the Digital Social Care website that providers should do the following:

  • Keep your Data Security and Protection Toolkit submission up to date.
  • Contact your IT leads and suppliers if you have not done so recently Create or update your data and cyber security continuity plan
  • Consider purchasing cyber insurance
  • Report any cyber incidents to the NCSC via https://report.ncsc.gov.uk/.

Further information on the above, can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/cyber-aware-issue-russian-cyber-activity-in-and-around-ukraine/?utm_campaign=ASC+Update+-+a+special+message+to+Ukrainian+colleagues&utm_content=dhsc-mail.co.uk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Department+of+Health+and+Social+Care&wp-linkindex=8

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