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NHS Must Take Urgent Steps to Defend Against Hackers, says White Paper

The NHS remains vulnerable to cyber-attack and must take urgent steps to defend against threats which could risk the safety of patients.

A new report, written by researchers from Imperial College London’s (ICL) Institute of Global Health Innovation led by Professor the Lord Ara Darzi, suggests that a combination of out of date computer systems, lack of investment and a deficit in skills and awareness in cyber security is putting NHS Hospitals at risk.

Cyber-attacks on NHS organisations can leave staff unable to access crucial information such as patient test results or X-rays, meaning they are unable to provide patients with the care they need. In some cases, malicious attacks can cause malfunctions in hospital equipment and even lead to the theft of sensitive data.

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