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From online to offline, Keep I.T. Confidential

Health and care organisations are responsible for their own cyber security, and all staff have a role to play. Falling victim to cyber and security threats has a direct impact on our patients.

Data and cyber security is our shared responsibility

There are simple steps we can take to protect ourselves from cyber threats and keep unauthorised people away from sensitive or confidential information such as patient data, health care records or details of our IT systems.

Keep I.T. Confidential aims to help us understand more about these cyber security threats and know what steps we can take to mitigate risk and protect our patients and their data.

These cyber security threats have been identified as a risk to the NHS and our patients.

 

Be aware

Sharing NHS information in public spaces puts patient data at risk. Criminals know this and they are watching and listening.

Data

Data breaches can lead to fines, disruption to services and reputational damage. Make sure you understand and follow the latest guidance around data sharing.
Weak passwords
The easiest way to protect yourself from cyber threats is by having a strong password.

Phishing

Phishing is when hackers and criminals send unsolicited emails that contain attachments or links to try and trick people into providing access to information.

Tailgating

Tailgating is when unauthorised people gain entry to a building by following a staff member through physical security facilities, such as doors, barriers and gates, to avoid detection.
Unlocked screens
Unlocked screens are an open invitation to patient data theft. Keep your screens and devices locked when they’re not in use.
Image of an unlocked screen

Social engineering

Social engineering involves criminals using tricks or deception to manipulate people into giving access to information such as patient data, health care records or details of IT systems.

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