Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • Cumbria health trust hit by 147 cyber attacks in five years

    January 19, 2019

    The NHS in Cumbria has been hit by more than 150 cyber attacks in five years, the BBC can reveal. Of these, 147 were directed at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT), which runs hospitals in Barrow, Kendal, Morecambe and Lancaster. The trust said it had spent £29,600 in 2017 dealing with the effects of ...

  • NHS Digital’s first cyber security chief to resign after three months in role

    January 9, 2019

    NHS Digital’s first chief information security officer, a role established after the WannaCry ransomware attack, has resigned after just three months in the role. In a memo to staff at NHS Digital, seen by Digital Health News, it was announced that Robert Coles would be stepping down from the role for personal reasons. Coles, the former security chief at ...

  • 25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security

    December 11, 2018

    A quarter of NHS trusts in the UK responding to a Freedom of Information request have no staff with security qualifications, despite some employing up to 16,000 people. On average, trusts employ one qualified security professional for every 2,582 employees, according to Freedom of Information requests submitted by penetration testing firm Redscan. Trusts were asked about their ...

  • Healthcare billing biz AccuDoc ‘fesses up to breach that blabbed 2.65m people’s data

    November 29, 2018

    Miscreants gained access to US healthcare billing vendor AccuDoc Solutions’ database for about a week in September, exposing the data of at least 2.65 million people. North Carolina-based Atrium Health, a customer of AccuDoc Solutions, this week said it had been affected by the breach. The firm operates 44 hospitals across North Carolina, South Carolina and ...