NHS Data Breaches

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 13:40
Cloud Services

A report by Big Brother Watch has revealed that the NHS has suffered thousands of data breaches since 2011, as many as 6 a day, totalling 7255.

Upon further investigation by Big Brother Watch, at least 103 of these are a result of data loss or theft, 236 were caused by data being shared inappropriately via email and 251 were due to data being shared inappropriately with a third party.

Big Brother Watch Director, Emma Carr commented on the seriousness of these breaches by saying, “The information held in medical records is of huge personal significance and for details to be wrongly disclosed, maliciously accessed or lost is completely unacceptable.”

With the Government's plans to create a paperless NHS by 2017, this report is even more worrying. The digitalised NHS will potentially enable an ever-increasing number of people to gain access to patients’ information, and thus the threat and potential impact of data breaches is likely to increase. If the government is to make NHS data more accessible, then this must go hand in hand with greater regulation and penalties for those who abuse that access.

Redstor's Centrastor service is a cloud-based file sync and share service which addresses the risk of data leakage within organisations. It enables the centralised auditing, monitoring and management of confidential data, providing IT teams with a means of regaining control over how data is stored and shared. Using Centrastor, users can share files with co-workers and externally with individuals outside of their organisation using time-limited and project based rules. Two-factor authentication ensures that only the intended recipient is able to gain access to files stored on the platform.

Redstor has a strong reputation for providing secure and encrypted cloud services, protecting the data of over 10,000 organisations across the UK via our flagship online backup service. Our cloud backup service ensures critical data is securely backed up offsite in an encrypted format in Redstor's two UK-based data centres. Our Centrastage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective endpoint management.

To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].

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