NHS Digital is set to start expanding the range of cybersecurity services available to UK hospitals and clinics.

CareCERT (Care Computer Emergency Response Team) launched in November 2015, offering a national service that helps health and care organisations to improve their cybersecurity defences by providing proactive advice and guidance about the latest threats and security best practices.

A service that initially focused on pushing out alerts about threats will be expanded to include three new services, each of which begins testing this month:

  • CareCERT Knowledge – a new e-learning portal to help all health and care organisations train their staff in cybersecurity basics.
  • CareCERT Assure – a service to help organisations assess their local cybersecurity measures against industry standards, including recommendations on how to reduce vulnerabilities.
  • CareCERT React – advice on reducing the impact of a data security incident.

Public health and innovation minister Nicola Blackwood announced the expansion at the Health and Care Innovation Expo on Thursday. The rollouts come at a time of increasing security threats to UK hospitals and clinics, particularly from file-encrypting ransomware.

Almost half (47 per cent) of NHS trusts have been subject to a ransomware attack in the past year, according to figures from a freedom of information (FOI) request published last month. NCC Group’s FOI is based on requests to 60 trusts, 28 of which confirmed they had been victims of ransomware. ®

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