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


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 cyber, information and data security spending and training, with 159 responding to at least one question.

It found that nearly one in four – 24 of the 108 who responded to this question – had no employees with security qualifications.

However, several of the NHS trusts were reported to have said they had staffers in the process of gaining relevant security qualifications.

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Source: The Register