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Data breach may affect 10,000 NHS patients

Tim Ring

SC Magazine

17 June 2014

 

PA’s Ed Savage, IT security expert, is quoted in an article on cybersecurity and NHS patient data. The news story reports that the personal data of us to 10,000 NHS patients may have been comprised in a data breach.

Ed says that this case has highlighted the need for organisations to focus on improving individuals' understanding of cyber security.

He goes on to explain: "The NHS has some good information security policies and guidance. However, all organisations are open to unthinking acts by people - who may not always be staff - who have access to information for their job, but who do not realise how easy it is for this information to be compromised." 

Ed highlights that people should be better informed to do the right thing when it comes to keeping data secure: "Expensive technical solutions are often sought, but the more effective and most sustainable option is to help people to do the right thing. Driving the right behaviours is not just about creating awareness, but about embedding security thinking into normal routines."

 


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