NHS: Cybercrime

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what resources the Government is committing to the NHS’s cyber security protocols as part of the Government's response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

It is not possible to completely eliminate cyber threats and cyber actors have already been seen to attempt to exploit this pandemic. It is therefore critically important that the National Health Service remains resilient to cyber-attacks. To support the NHS and further strengthen cyber resilience across the system during the COVID-19 response period, we are providing enhanced central support and additional funding to help local NHS organisations to manage their cyber risks. This includes:

- NHSX working collaboratively with the National Cyber Security Centre and NHS Digital to rapidly understand cyber security vulnerabilities;

- a rapid remediation programme to immediately fix major cyber security vulnerabilities in high priority NHS organisations, those most critical to the COVID-19 response;

- working closely with the host organisations for the NHS Nightingale sites to review their cyber security posture and help them quickly remediate vulnerabilities; and

- increased ‘boots-on the ground’ contingency capacity for incident response.

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