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Cyber Security In Healthcare:10 Clear Standards for a clean bill of cyber health

SBL are a UK based Cyber Security Reseller and Managed Service Provider, entrusted by the UK Government to hold the highest classifications of data in our secure accredited facility. We work with the best global vendors to bring world leading solutions to our customers. We specialise in security as an Eco-System, integrating your existing solutions to create a command and control approach to combating your threats.

SBL have built market ready solutions for healthcare leadership to transition to a cyber-healthy state based on the new 10 Leadership Standards published earlier this year.

SBL are a UK based Cyber Security Reseller and Managed Service Provider, entrusted by the UK Government to hold the highest classifications of data in our secure accredited facility. We work with the best global vendors to bring world leading solutions to our customers. We specialise in security as an Eco-System, integrating your existing solutions to create a command and control approach to combating your threats.
SBL have built market ready solutions for healthcare leadership to transition to a cyber-healthy state based on the new 10 Leadership Standards published earlier this year.

Leadership Obligation 1: People

Ensure staff are equipped to handle information respectfully and safely, according to the Caldicott Principles.

  • Data Security Standard 1 - All staff ensure that personal confidential data is handled, stored and transmitted securely, whether in electronic or paper form. Personal confidential data is only shared for lawful and appropriate purposes
  • Data Security Standard 2 - All staff understand their responsibilities under the National Data Guardian’s Data Security Standards, including their obligation to handle information responsibly and their personal accountability for deliberate or avoidable breaches.
  • Data Security Standard 3 - All staff complete appropriate annual data security training and pass a mandatory test, provided through the revised Information Governance Toolkit.

Leadership Obligation 2: Process

Ensure the organisation proactively prevents data security breaches and responds appropriately to incidents or near misses.

  • Data Security Standard 4 - Personal confidential data is only accessible to staff who need it for their current role and access is removed as soon as it is no longer required. All access to personal confidential data on IT systems can be attributed to individuals.
  • Data Security Standard 5 - Processes are reviewed at least annually to identify and improve processes which have caused breaches or near misses, or which force staff to use workarounds which compromise data security.
  • Data Security Standard 6 - Cyber-attacks against services are identified and resisted and CareCERT security advice is responded to. Action is taken immediately following a data breach or a near miss, with a report made to senior management within 12 hours of detection.
  • Data Security Standard 7 - A continuity plan is in place to respond to threats to data security, including significant data breaches or near misses, and it is tested once a year as a minimum, with a report to senior management.

Leadership Obligation 3: Technology

Ensure technology is secure and up-to-date

  • Data Security Standard 8 - No unsupported operating systems, software or internet browsers are used within the IT estate.
  • Data Security Standard 9 - A strategy is in place for protecting IT systems from cyber threats which is based on a proven cyber security framework such as Cyber Essentials. This is reviewed at least annually.
  • Data Security Standard 10 - IT suppliers are held accountable via contracts for protecting the personal confidential data they process and meeting the National Data Guardian’s Data Security Standards.
Published: 06/12/2016

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