5 Key Pillars to Protect Health and Care Organisations from Cyber Attacks

Recently, the UK government outlined a new strategy to build cyber resilience in health and care organisations by the year 2030. The Cyber Futures programme takes the lead in bringing forward important Cybersecurity initiatives that protect health and adult social care services the nation relies on.

The comprehensive strategy for a cyber-resilient health and social care sector will ensure health services are better protected from cyber threats, further securing sensitive information and ensuring patients can continue accessing care safely. The plan includes strategies for identifying areas in the most vulnerable sector to utilise resources across the country to defend against cyber attacks.

Creating a cyber strategy of this magnitude would have been challenging for a large public sector giant like the NHS. As a result of this action plan, smaller private businesses are better equipped to follow this roadmap and adopt the same security mindset.

By embedding the same Cybersecurity framework and ideology of emerging technology as the NHS, other organisations can minimise the impact and recovery time of a cyber incident.

However, it’s not an easy road to go alone. That’s why it’s imperative to have a trusted Cybersecurity partner like Thrive to navigate the journey.

Here’s a breakdown of the five critical pillars of the UK government’s Cybersecurity strategy for the NHS that Thrive can also implement to fill in the gaps for your business.

  1. Focus on the greatest risk and harm. Health and care organisations must be able to identify and secure their most vital assets and systems. This includes conducting regular risk assessments and implementing appropriate security controls. The first pillar focuses on identifying the areas of the sector where disruption would cause the most significant harm to patients, such as sensitive information being leaked or critical services being unable to function. Thrive conducts a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment led by Thrive’s (ISC)2 certified Strategic Consultants. The Thrive team reviews your organisation’s technology infrastructure and processes to identify potential vulnerabilities. Thrive then builds a strategic roadmap to future-proof your operations without compromising compliance.
  2. Defend as one. The second pillar is uniting the sector to take advantage of its scale and benefit from national resources and expertise, enabling faster responses and minimising disruption. Health and care organisations must collaborate to share threat intelligence and best practices and develop coordinated incident response plans. The Thrive team is composed of technical and industry experts dedicated to ensuring that customers can optimise their business performance through the strategic design and implementation of a NextGen IT environment. Thrive’s unrivalled Cybersecurity services give you the experience, resources, and expertise to protect your essential data, SaaS apps, end users, and critical infrastructure.
  3. People and culture. The third pillar engages leaders, grows and recognises the cyber workforce, and provides relevant cyber basics training to the general workforce. Health and care companies must foster a security culture with senior leaders actively engaged in cyber risk management. Additionally, organisations must invest in training and development for their staff, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and respond to cyber threats. Thrive’s Anti-Phishing and Security Awareness Training service provides ongoing security testing and training for your users to raise awareness of phishing, spear phishing, malware, ransomware, and social engineering attacks through targeted user campaigns and responsive training. Improving user awareness of these threats reduces the risk of human error resulting in security breaches and ransomware.
  4. Build security for the future. The fourth pillar is embedding security into the framework of emerging technology to better protect it against cyber threats. Health and care organisations must be vigilant and adaptable to avoid cyber threats, with security measures continuously being monitored, tested and updated. To meet the highest security and compliance standards, health and care organisations must stay current on regulatory requirements and industry best practices. Thrive’s Managed Cybersecurity solutions leverage automation for speed and reactivity, experienced people for intelligent problem-solving, and durable solutions 24x7x365 from its Security Operations Centers (SOC). The Thrive security team builds and offers security solutions for the entire IT environment, from endpoints to the Cloud. Thrive’s customised Cybersecurity solutions protect customers’ systems and data end-to-end, relieving IT personnel.
  5. Exemplary response and recovery. The fifth and final pillar is supporting every health and care organisation to minimise the impact and recovery time of a cyber incident. Hospitals, health systems, and doctor’s offices cannot afford critical infrastructure failure, security breaches or human error. Data backup and security and a disaster recovery plan (DRP) are essential. When networks go down or cyber attacks occur, Thrive offers NextGen IT business continuity solutions to resume your IT operations rapidly with minimal or no loss. Thrive’s Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) protects your critical business technology infrastructure, meeting the most stringent Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs).

The Road to Cyber Resiliency with Thrive

By using the UK government’s five pillars, health and care organisations can significantly reduce cyber attack vulnerability and improve response and recovery. Working together and investing in the right people, processes, and technologies can create a cyber-resilient system that protects patient data and critical services.

As business systems grow in complexity, there is an increased risk of vulnerabilities, exploits and security breaches. Thrive’s comprehensive and customised holistic Cybersecurity solutions protect your business, uncover and mitigate risks and meet stringent regulatory requirements.

Thrive’s security-first Cloud approach is flexible and economical, provides specific, actionable information and is backed by a 24x7x365 Security Operations Center that monitors your operations with industry-leading security technology.


Contact the Thrive team today to learn more.

A Look Back on the Google Phishing Attack

A massive and unusually sophisticated phishing campaign took place a few weeks ago targeting users of Google’s Gmail service. I wanted to look back and provide some thoughts on the attack and provide some tips so you can be prepared for the next attack.

The attack began around 4 pm on May 3rd as Gmail users received an email with an invite to a Google Doc that appeared to be from a person they would know. Attempting to access the Doc would direct the user to authorize a fake Google app that was hosted on an actual Google page. Once the app was authorized, the attacker would then draw from the user’s contacts to send the offending email to even more people.


Cyber Security in Today’s Business World from BluWave Forum

In early March, we were invited to speak at the newly minted BluWave Forum in Washington, D.C.  The meeting was held at the Army/Navy club and it was similar to presenting at a museum.  The topic was cybersecurity and I was just coming back from the RSA conference in San Francisco. I had quite a bit to communicate with those outside of the security bubble.  The meeting which included 10-15 CEOs and leaders from throughout the country covered three recent cybersecurity stories.  The presentation went very well but I may have frightened a few of the folks in the room with the threats that are coming from various bad actors across the globe.


Why You Should Take Spam Email Seriously

There can hardly be a person who has used a computer in the last ten years who hasn’t received a spam email at some point or another. For most of us, this is a daily occurrence, a nuisance that can be filed alongside the daily commute and packaging that won’t open properly. It rarely occurs to many of us why we receive so much spam. While it is pretty obvious that there is a basic commercial imperative behind a lot of spam, why is this particular marketing technique so prevalent in the modern world?

Quite simply…because it works! Pitching goods via spam earns the people engaged in it hundreds of millions of dollars per business per year, while the cost and time involved in sending spam is somewhere between negligible and non-existent. (more…)

Protecting Your Inbox from Spam

Opening your mailbox only to find it filled with spammed mail can give you a real headache. It is a real nightmare to sort through your valuable mail when you have tens or hundreds of spam messages in the mix. Spam is an unsolicited email, usually used for commercial purposes such as advertisement of a product or a service.

There are several ways to get rid of these nuisances.

Using Internet Security or Anti-Spam Software

One of the best ways to stop spam is to (more…)