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There are fantastic benefits to embracing technology and working securely online in health and social care.

Technology can enhance integration and enable greater and faster information sharing. This allows us to improve the quality of care and support provided. Examples include,

  • Personalised care planning
  • Transfers of care
  • Viewing medications,

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

However, as we use technology more, we must continue to do all we can to keep people’s information safe and secure. Particularly, ensuring that disruption to care and support at best is avoided or that any disruption is minimised.

A cyber attack is any attack on technology. For example, on 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 on cyber security in collaboration with the Care Provider Alliance and the National Cyber Security Centre.  It is aimed at helping small care providers with their cyber security.

Cyber security is a constantly changing area and sometimes can seem 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