National Health Service
The deal with Microsoft will ensure all health and care organisations are using the latest Windows 10 software with up-to-date security settings to help prevent cyber attacks.
Since 2017 the government has invested 60 million to address cyber security weaknesses. A further 150 million will be spent over the next 3 years to improve the NHSs resilience against attacks. This will include setting up a new digital security operations centre to prevent, detect and respond to incidents.
The centre will:
- allow NHS Digital to respond to cyber attacks more quickly
- allow local trusts to detect threats, isolate infected machines and kill the threat before it spreads
Other measures to improve cyber security include:
21 million to upgrade firewalls and network infrastructure at major trauma centre hospitals and ambulance trusts
39 million spent by NHS trusts to address infrastructure weaknesses
new powers given to the Care Quality Commission to inspect NHS trusts on their cyber and data security capabilities
a data security and protection toolkit which requires health and care organisations to meet 10 security standards
a text messaging alert system to ensure trusts have access to accurate information even when internet and email services are down
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
We know cyber attacks are a growing threat, so it is vital our health and care organisations have secure systems which patients trust.
We have been building the capability of NHS systems over a number of years, but there is always more to do to future-proof our NHS against this threat.
This new technology will ensure the NHS can use the latest and most resilient software available some