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Paper vs. Digital Health Records: An NHS Crisis

A recent report by the research think tank, Parliament Street, revealed that 9,132 patient records were missing or stolen from 68 NHS hospital trusts throughout the 2017-2018 financial year.

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Healthcare Falling Behind in Cybersecurity Vulnerability Patching

Healthcare Falling Behind in Cybersecurity Vulnerability Patching

Most healthcare entities have come to terms with the benefits of transitioning to the cloud. Accordingly, a report by Markets and Markets states that the global healthcare cloud computing market is expected to increase from USD $19.46 billion in 2018 to USD $44.93 billion in 2023. However, moving to the cloud does not erase all cybersecurity, rather it makes breach management and patching all the more important.

The Ponemon Institute conducted a survey which revealed that the healthcare industry is falling behind in patching and managing vulnerabilities in its systems, leaving them open to breaches and cyber attacks. Of the 3000 security professionals who participated in the survey, 57% said that their organisation had experienced one or more data breaches in which networks were accessed via vulnerabilities. Patches had already been released for the vulnerabilities at the time of the attacks but had not been implemented.

According to the survey, this is a regular occurrence because over half of cybersecurity experts struggle to stay on top of patching due to a great shortage in staff. Consequently, high priority patches are put first and the rest typically take eight or more weeks to be implemented. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that by 2021, there will be 3.5 million open positions in cybersecurity.

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Healthcare Security Events in the UK for 2018

UK Healthcare Security Events in 2018

Healthcare technology has made tremendous strides in just the past few years, however, the current status of healthcare information security and other integral issues may be unknown to many. For your convenience, Giva has listed a few upcoming healthcare security conferences and summits in the UK through the end of 2018 so you may gain valuable networking and educational information on this critical topic.

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CIO Events in the UK for 2018

2018 CIO Events in UK

Each year, CIO events become increasingly valuable in providing opportunities to network, learn and collaborate on cutting edge technology and initiatives. As a service to our customers, Giva has compiled the following list of upcoming CIO events occurring in the UK throughout the remainder of 2018:

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How Healthcare Providers & Consumers Should Deal with Data Breaches

Healthcare & Consumer Protection Against Data Breaches

According to a 2017 survey by Accenture, one in eight consumers in England has been the victim of medical information hacks. Their private medical information had been stolen from systems that lacked the adequate levels and measures of security. The survey of 1,000 people in England outlined that (78%) think healthcare providers should be responsible for protecting this information, while only 40% believe they themselves have responsibility. The data breaches that effectively jeopardised the medical information and identities of those affected each lost an average of £172 as a result.

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4 Steps to Protect Against Mobile Messaging Malware

Mobile Messaging App Malware Cybersecurity

The popular cellular application, WhatsApp, had been the victim of mobile malware, targeting users through messages as a means to siphon personal and financial information from WhatsApp users. These cyber attacks became prevalent among users in India at the beginning of 2017, reminiscent of a similar malware incursion via WhatsApp that struck the UK in 2016. Understanding the warning signs of potentially malicious or fake messages allows WhatsApp users to better protect themselves against potentially harmful or calamitous malware disguised as regular in-app messaging.

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5 Main Concerns for Cyber Security Teams

Cyber Security Team Issues

On 14 February 2017 the UK launched a cyber security unit, tasked with protecting the government, authorities and companies from cyber attacks. After having been in operation since late 2016 the unit was officially made part of the UK's security and intelligence agency. The UK government allocated £1.9 billion (€2.24 billion) to its National Cyber Security Strategy over the next five years. Cyber security is becoming of greater importance around the world, with countries building and tasking teams in matters of national security. The following are five major concerns for cyber security teams:

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Cyber Schools Programme: Cybersecurity Clubs for UK Teens

Cyber Schools Programme UK Cybersecurity Clubs

The world is currently facing a shortage of individuals who are educated in various aspects of cybersecurity. With massive volumes of sensitive data being stored and transferred online these days, this shortage can present a real problem when it comes to security. In order to combat this shortfall, thousands of UK based teenagers are set to participate in cybersecurity clubs across the country.

The Cyber Schools Programme is designed for teenagers between 14 and 18 years of age. Preference will be given to 14 year olds who can commit four hours weekly while being able to complete the full four year programme. The programme will target those individuals who demonstrate a passion and talent for cybersecurity, while providing them with skills for the purpose of protecting businesses against online threats in today's highly digital landscape. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a number of experts in the cybersecurity field.

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The Baby Monitor Spy: How the Internet of Things (IOT) is Often Unsecure

Internet of Things (IOT) & Security

In 2013, a cyber attacker hijacked a baby monitor to spy on a 2-year-old Texas girl, broadcasting obscenities at the young child, swiveling the camera to watch her flabbergasted parents as they entered and then to insult them as well. Fortunately for the young girl, she slept through the entire incident, but this brings into question the security of the Internet of Things.

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3 Takeaways from WannaCry, The Largest International Ransomware Attack to Date

WannaCry Malware UK NHS Data Security

As widely reported, an international ransomware attack has hit computer systems in 150 countries, affecting hundreds of companies, businesses and specifically one of the most important sectors in the UK, healthcare. The malware that was used is called WannaCry, a very fitting name for all the feelings of despair that it undoubtedly evokes in its victims. The hackers demanded payment in Bitcoin money in return for access to patients' medical records and other critical information. It is believed that the attackers have leveraged a stolen NSA malware product that was initially created to be used in surveillance to spy on terrorists.

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