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23rd June 2022

Free cyber security resources for care providers

NHS Digital’s flagship security awareness toolkit, Keep I.T. Confidential, has been updated to help support social care organisations to improve security culture within their care settings.

Free resources to be used by social care providers have been released by the NHS and Digital Social to improve their cyber security.

The Keep I.T. Confidential toolkit aims to increase knowledge in areas such as phishing, data sharing, unlocked screens and weak passwords.

Assets included in the toolkit are:

  • Screensavers
  • Web banners
  • Social media graphics
  • Suggested copy for bulletins and newsletters

The campaign, previously targeted at clinical staff in healthcare organisations, has now been updated to meet some of the challenges faced by the social care sector.

The materials are relevant across all types of adult social care such as nursing homes and supported living .

NHS Digital’s Executive Director of Cyber Operations, Mike Fell, said:

‘We know how busy staff are, but we encourage everyone to prioritise cyber hygiene as much as they can to protect the NHS and social care against vulnerabilities.

‘Taking small, simple steps and considering security in your day-to-day work can make a huge difference and we hope this campaign can really drive that change.’

Michelle Corrigan, Programme Director, Better Security, Better Care, said: Protecting people’s data is really a safeguarding issue as we all store and share more and more information digitally.

‘Our sector is making good progress, with increasing numbers of care providers demonstrating that they have good data and cyber security arrangements in place, by using the official Data Security and Protection Toolkit. But there is definitely room for improvement.’

Further Information

Keep I.T. Confidential - social care materials

https://digital.nhs.uk/cyber-and-data-security/campaigns/keep-it-confidential/keep-i.t.-confidential-social-care-materials

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