Through multidisciplinary lectures from expert speakers and lively panel discussions, this conference will look at the current cybersecurity threats facing health and care organisations and examine the progress made by healthcare institutions since 2017 in rising to the challenge of cybersecurity. We will focus on the issues facing the NHS today and the steps that NHS organisations should take to protect themselves. Attendees will learn how cybercriminals and hostile nation-states pose a threat to patient safety and trust.
Delegates will hear from NHSX, NHS Digital and key organisations that combat cyber threats daily. They will also hear directly from experts in the field about the steps they are taking to help healthcare organisations to address their issues and concerns.
Cybersecurity threats to our institutions and infrastructure are growing, with an ever-increasing number of attacks across the globe. The 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack was a wake-up call for many organisations as it infiltrated vulnerable NHS systems throughout the country and had a direct impact on patient care. The COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in attacks but it also provided an impetus for the migration of IT systems to the cloud and increased use of digital processes throughout the system.
The NHS is especially vulnerable due to its fragmentation, the increasing complexity of healthcare and the growing reliance of medicine on digital technologies. Nowadays NHS organisations need to consider the security of administrative systems, research databases, medical devices and their infrastructures such as power, lighting systems and their entire supply chain.
During this event, you will learn:
- Current cybersecurity threats faced by healthcare organisations from both cybercriminals and hostile nations
- Specific risks due to online working, increasing digitalisation and prevalence of connected medical devices and artificial intelligence (e.g. data provenance)
- Specific risks due to the use of medical and telehealth devices in the home and community
- How the NHS is equipped to deal with current and future threats
- Tools and approaches to protect organisations and devices from attack
This webinar was developed in conjunction with the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST), one of six Global Challenge Institutes at Imperial College London, created to address some of society's biggest challenges through interdisciplinary working. Security is often only viewed through the narrow lens of conflict and war. The mission of the ISST is to challenge that perception and demonstrate the breadth and depth of a topic that touches everyone in society, wherever they are in the world.
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