EC-Council Partners with the NHS to raise the Cybersecurity Skills of NHS Trust Employees

A number of reports reference that the Healthcare sector has become one of the main targets for hackers. A major factor behind this increased interest is the sector being classed as critical national infrastructure.  In light of this, the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has partnered with EC-Council, the world’s leading cybersecurity credentialing body, to provide up-to-date cybersecurity training for their employees.

The partnership between Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals and EC-Council will help raise awareness in the healthcare sector of the need for higher quality cybersecurity skills to protect this key part of the UK’s critical infrastructure.

In the wake of the WannaCry security event in May 2017, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has sought to improve cybersecurity planning across its corporate services. The partnership between the Hospitals and EC-Council is embodied by a number of elements but include:

  • Training employees in Certified Ethical Hacking (C|EH), Penetration Testing and EC-Council’s strategic/leadership course, Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)
  • Conducting an End User ‘Audit’ on the existing 6,500 of the Hospital’s employees to understand their security awareness
  • Providing an example of the types of training, from end user to c-level, that the NHS should be incorporating as policy

Robin Smith, IT Security & Continuity Manager, said: ‘’This is a new way of working with our partners to build digital resilience. We hope to create the most skilled workforce in the NHS with regards to security and protection of our data”.

“We see the deployment of critical cybersecurity knowledge and skills to the NHS workforce as a tremendous step forward in addressing the skills shortage in such a critical industry”, added Sean Lim, COO of EC-Council.

According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, 66% of European businesses indicated that there are too few cybersecurity professionals available to tend to the rising threats; and this number is expected to rise over the next couple of years. The UK is no exception to this and leaders of critical infrastructure have begun to view cybersecurity as an imperative part of strategy for their operations.

“Government, business, and military institutions have increased their demand for certified cybersecurity professionals, and yet we still face a shortage of qualified professionals,” says Jay Bavisi, President of the EC-Council Group, “partnering directly with the NHS will enable EC-Council to play a more direct role in the security of this critical piece of British infrastructure. Through this initiative, our training and certification programs will increase security awareness and the level of competence within the Trust.”

About EC-Council

EC-Council has been the world’s leading information security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), among others. EC-Council’s certifications also boast recognition and endorsements from various government agencies, including the UK’s intelligence and security agency, NCSC (via NCSC Certified Training), the United States Federal Government (via the Montgomery GI Bill), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world’s first global hacking competition. EC-Council Foundation also hosts a suite of conferences across the U.S. and around the world including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, TakeDownCon, and CISO Summit.

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About Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

Hosting three main hospital sites and a number of additional services, the Trust is one of only five Teaching Hospitals in Yorkshire and by 2018 is projecting to train 25% of all medical students in the region, while we currently train 30% of all other healthcare professional students.

A modern and forward-facing Trust employing over 6,000 members of staff, the hospital provides a full range of local hospital services across the following sites – Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop (BH), and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.

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