NHS Digital welcomes new guidance as UK firms told to shore up cybersecurity

Owen Hughes

NHS Digital has welcomed new guidance that will see suppliers of critical services fined if they fail to enforce adequate protection against cyber-attacks.

Under new government guidelines targeting Britain’s critical industries, financial penalties of up to £17 million will be handed down to healthcare, transport and utility companies that do not implement “the most robust” cybersecurity measures.

The new measures are being enforced following a consultation by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) into the UK’s essential services and infrastructure. They are based on 14 key principles centred on the European Commission’s Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive, which becomes UK law in May.

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Source: https://www.digitalhealth.net/