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NHS Digital updates cyber security awareness toolkit


Mark Say Managing Editor

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NHS Digital has provided new content for its online toolkit for healthcare staff to understand cyber security threats and how to reduce risk.

It has added new information on data security and being aware of the possible impacts of sharing too much information to the Keep I.T. Confidential package.

The toolkit was first launched in 2019, is available for free and includes practical steps that staff can adopt in their everyday work, such as setting secure passwords, keeping devices locked when they’re not in use, and being aware of phishing, email scams and social engineering.

It is managed by NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre and designed to help NHS organisations run their own cyber security awareness campaigns at a time and in a way that suits them.

NHS Digital’s chief information security officer, Neil Bennett said: “Taking small simple steps such as setting a strong password and keeping your screens and devices locked when they’re not in use, are vital for the NHS and patient safety.  Considering cyber security in your day to day lives can make a huge difference and help to keep ourselves and patients protected online and in our workplaces.

“We know how busy NHS staff are, so we want to help them understand the importance of cyber security and how it can benefit their working lives in a quick and simple way.”

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