About this event

  • Date and time Mon 9 May 2022 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Digital Health

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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Key speakers

John Noble

John Noble CBE

Non-Executive Director, NHS Digital

Speaker's biography

John Noble CBE is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board in July 2018 and leads for information and cyber security. He holds several other advisory and non-executive director roles and for the last three years he has been a senior cyber advisor at McKinsey.


Formerly, John Noble was the director of Incident Management at the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), where he led on nearly 800 major cyber incidents, including WannaCry.


During his 40 years of Government service, John Noble specialised in operational delivery and strategic business change. For his work in creating effective partnerships in the run up to the London Olympics, he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012.


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Welcome and introduction

David Taylor, Council member, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London 

Cyber threats - the current situation and the NHS response

Cybersecurity concerns in UK NHS Trusts

Jayne Goble, Director, KPMG

Ransomware’s growing threat

Dr Jamie Collier, Senior Threat Intelligence Advisor, Mandiant 

Cyber and healthcare - is the glass half full or half empty?

John Noble CBE, Non-Executive Director, NHS Digital

Questions and answers
Comfort break

Connected healthcare and cybersecurity

Julia Manning, MCOptom, PhD Candidate UCLIC and Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Digital telehealth and telecare security and availability

Andy Grayland, Chief Information Security Officer, Digital Office Scotland 

Threats to medical devices and how to reduce the risk

Dr Harjinder Lallie, Associate Professor and Cybersecurity Group Leader, Warwick University 

The future of connected healthcare

Rob Learney, Head of Technology - Distributed Systems, Digital Catapult 

Questions and answers
Comfort break
Genetics vs privacy: The risks and challenges as we continue to take leaps and bounds

Mark Thompson, Director of Research and Insight, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Questions and answers
Future plans for NHS resilience

Introduction: Saira Ghafur, Lead for Digital Health, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Presentation: Phil Huggins, National CISO for Health and Social Care, NHS England

Questions and answers
Close of the meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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