New NHS cyber security services to be rolled out to health and care

NHS Digital recently announced it is set to start expanding the NHS cyber security service.

testCareCERT (Care Computer Emergency Response Team), launched in November last year, and is a national service that helps health and care organisations to improve their cyber security defences by providing proactive advice and guidance about digital threats and cyber security best practice.

The service currently sends out broadcasts about known cyber threats and resolutions, and will now be expanded to include three new services, which will start being tested from September.

  • CareCERT Knowledge- a new e-learning portal to help all health and care organisations train their staff in cyber security basics, and build up the first line of defence in ensuring the security of patient information
  • CareCERT Assure – a service to help organisations assess their local cyber security measures against industry standards, and provide recommendations on how organisations can improve data security measures and reduce vulnerabilities
  • CareCERT React – a support service to provide professional guidance and advice on the decisive actions to take to reduce the impact of a data security incident, in order to minimise the impact and help organisations recover and restore security as soon as possible