The Government is looking to hire a new cyber security chief for the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), at a time of heightened risk of cyber attacks against the health service.
The DHSC last month issued a job advert for a “national chief information security officer”, who will sit within the digital policy unit of NHS England’s transformation directorate.
It comes at a time when the risk of cyber attacks against the NHS is increasing. Earlier this summer, an attack on an NHS electronic patient record supplier impacted several providers, including a dozen mental health trusts, with some trusts still not having recovered their service fully.
Meanwhile, in February, NHSE wrote to trusts to tell them to strengthen their cyber defences in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Source: HSJ, 18 November 2022