Cyber security is the means of protection of all devices, services and networks – and the information on them – from theft or damage, and it’s a shared responsibility that should involve every member of staff within all organisations, whatever their role.
That said, cyber security is of particular importance to staff in health and social care settings, because as the healthcare we deliver transforms, so do the threats – with increased connectivity of and between medical devices, health records, patient personal information and networks between all care organisations. As a result, cyber security is critical to patient safety, as is not just about protecting patients’ information it also is about maintaining the safety and trust of everyone in our care.
As we adapt to new ways of working, mainly remotely, the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s Cyber Security Group have developed a new Cyber Savvy campaign which they’ll be launching this October to coincide with European Cyber Security Month. The campaign will focus on helping staff in health and social care settings to be cyber savvy, through gaining an understanding of the threat of cybercrime and the ways in which their actions can help or hinder these types of attacks.
Particularly as, it’s more likely that data breaches will originate from human negligence than a technical failure, which is why it’s so important for individuals to take responsibility for cyber security, as our safety ‘chain’ is only as strong as its weakest link. Remember, hackers are constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities they can take advantage of, particularly to steal data and they’ll use different techniques to do this, such as phishing which is where an email appears to come from a legitimate source but uses fake links to steal sensitive information from the recipient.
To help you and your organisations in your continued efforts to be cyber savvy, we’ve created a number of campaign materials, which feature tips to help you and your colleagues or employees to: keep safe while working remotely, remain vigilant of phishing emails, create strong passwords and more! Practices which will help everyone in our region to play a part in protecting devices, services, networks and ultimately the information on them, which in some cases may include patient data.
You can find out more about the cyber savvy campaign and get involved by downloading the free campaign resources available on the cyber savvy website which will go live officially on Thursday 1st October: http://www.be-cybersavvy.co.uk