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There are fantastic benefits to embracing technology and working securely online in health and social care. However, it is important that we think about cyber security as we begin to work more digitally.

Technology can enhance integration and enable greater and faster information sharing which allows us to improve the quality of care and support provided. For example with,

  • Personalised care planning
  • Transfers of care
  • Viewing medications

The individuals we support can also have better access and input into their records.

As we use technology more, we must continue to do all we can to keep people’s information safe and secure. In particular, we need to ensure that disruption to care and support is at best is avoided or that any disruption is minimised.

What is a cyber attack?

A cyber attack is any attack on technology – mobiles, computers or online. We all know that this can happen, but often it is difficult to know what to do to prevent a cyber attack. Or what to do when one happens.

For this reason, Keith Strahan from NHS Digital’s Social Care Programme has written the following guidance in collaboration with the Care Provider Alliance and the National Cyber Security Centre.  It aims to help small care providers with their cyber security.

Cyber security is a constantly changing area and can be quite confusing. However, there are many effective and relatively simple steps that can be taken to protect information and protect you and your organisation. Taking some simple actions and practising safe behaviours will help reduce the risk of falling victim to a cyber-attack.

The boxes below will take you to pages with advice on how to improve your cyber security. If you would rather have these pages as a PDF then you can download them here: An Introduction to Cyber Security