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Military Consultants Will Assist Warwickshire NHS To Protect Cyber Security

CYBER security at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust is set to be stepped up – with the help of the military.

Discussions are being held between the trust and former military cyber security consultants. It follows a cyber attack last July which fortunately current security measures stopped from accessing patient data.

But nationwide concerns over online security within the NHS mean SWFT – which runs Warwick, Leamington, Stratford and Shipston hospitals – has looked to make improvments.

A spokeswoman told the Leamington Observer: “There are general cyber security concerns across the NHS and other sectors about the risk of cyber-attacks and not just specifically to SWFT.

“The trust did experience an untargeted cyber-attack in July 2016. Thanks to the robust security measures we have in place there was no loss of patient data and no patient safety incidents

“The IT Director has had conversations with cyber security consultants who previously worked in the military and we continue to learn from other organisations and work to identify a potential cyber security supplier.”

For more information about our work, please visit www.safeinwarwickshire.com/cybercrime

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