In light of the UK Department of Health (‘DOH’) publishing its 2017/18 Data Security and Protection Requirements on 30 October 2017, and the National Audit Office (‘NAO’) publishing its report on the findings of its Investigation: WannaCry cyber attack and the NHS on 27 October 2017, Stefania Littleboy of Mishcon de Reya looks at the lessons learned from major UK data breach incidents in 2017 and discusses the potential implications of the two aforementioned documents for the healthcare sector.
Data breaches and cyber attacks are not new in the healthcare sector. However, the frequency and scale of such attacks seem to be growing at a record pace. What lessons can be learnt from past experiences, both within the healthcare sector and elsewhere?
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