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Cyber security: protecting information and data in health and care

Our Data Security Centre supports health and care to keep patient information and computer systems safe

Our Data Security Centre works to make sure patient data and information is used securely and safely, through the services, guidance and support we give to health and care organisations. We:

  • monitor security threats to IT systems and networks and help organisations respond to these threats, through defence and incident management
  • provide the national response to system-wide security incidents, such as the cyber attack on 12 May 2017
  • offer information security consultancy and help with security issues in system design and development
  • set and review standards on IT security for the health and care sector
  • provide resources for people working in health and care

Data Security Centre: live reporting on cyber security threats in health and care

We monitor intelligence on threats and security incidents and assess how they might affect health and care. We help health and care organisations respond to cyber attacks quickly and effectively to minimise impact. Severe threats are sent out to our 10,000+ contacts immediately. Medium severity threats are sent out in a weekly bulletin. All threats are published on our information sharing portal.

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Guidance and good practice for IT security in health and care

We provide resources on cyber security and good practice guidelines for IT in health and care. We set and review standards for health and care on specialist subjects like:

Cyber-security assessments and consultancy for health and care

We are developing a service to be able to visit your organisation and test your local security measures, so we can help you make your systems and networks more robust. We're currently testing this with a small number of organisations before we make it available across the sector.

Cyber security news

NHS Digital confirms national services unaffected by cyber attack on NHS

16 May 2017: None of the national services provided by NHS Digital to England's health and care system have been infected by Friday's cyber attack.

Latest guidance for NHS on protecting against cyber attack

Last updated 18 May 2017: Get the latest information and guidance from NHS Digital's Data Security Centre on the cyber attack on the NHS on 12 May 2017.

UPDATE: Cyber security incident (14 May)

Our Data Security Centre continues to work around the clock alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, to support NHS organisations that have reported any issues related to this cyber attack.

UPDATED Statement on reported NHS cyber-attack (13 May)

13 May 2017: We are continuing to work around the clock to support NHS organisations that have reported any issue due to yesterday's cyber-attack.

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