Tackling cyber-threats in health and care: learning from Covid-19

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It didn’t take long from the start of the Covid-19 outbreak to see increased volumes of spam emails, accelerated spread of health-specific malware and significant spoofing of health care organisations, not to mention the increased risk of cyber-attack as a result of the enforced new ways of working. But as a society we have been able to react at incredible speed to deal with this new environment. 

In this free online event, we shared examples of the cyber-threats witnessed during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic and explored how to capitalise on the work already done so that organisations can be ready for future challenges, including the need for a clinical-led approach. Our panel discussed the importance of incorporating cyber-security as part of wider organisational strategies, approaching it not just as another IT initiative but as a critical patient safety issue.

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Jo Vigor

Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund


Dr Saif Abed

Founding Partner and Director of Cybersecurity Advisory Services, The AbedGraham Group


Dan Taylor

Associate Partner, IBM Security for Health and Life Sciences


Dr Saira Ghafur

Lead for Digital Health, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London


Pete Rose

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Information Security Officer, NHS Digital