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The NHS is in a unique and particularly vulnerable position when it comes to cybersecurity due to the level of regulation and compliance surrounding patient privacy and data protection. At the same time, it is a preferred target for the hacker or cybercriminal due to the high residual value of a NHS record.

However, cyber-attacks aren’t just motivated by potential financial rewards. A number of recent, large-scale data breaches have been attributed to state actors collecting data for suspected espionage purposes. Patient Identifiable Information (PII) or Electronic Patient Records (EPR) can also be used to build rich personal profiles and exploited for other criminal intent when placed in the wrong hands.

But protecting NHS records is only part of the challenge. The NHS must also address the issues emerging with the digital transformation of their infrastructure, operations and services. For example:

  • NHS Trusts are constantly expanding their operations model, bringing more services and applications closer to patients with remote care, remote clinics, and online services as well as sharing big data across their distributed networks. The distributed nature of the NHS environment increases network complexity favoring the proliferation of cyberattacks.
  • The recent requirement for Trusts to provide free WiFi to patients, means it can potentially allow almost any type of device onto the network.
  • The “Internet of Medical Things” introduces new threat vectors and pushes even more data into the network.

Unfortunately, the NHS has not been focused on cybersecurity with the same fervour as other industries. However, with many high profile security breaches being reported and threats becoming increasingly advanced, there is a new sense of urgency to focus on cybersecurity. To address its unique challenges and ensure a seamless and secure digital transformation of its infrastructure, operations and services, the NHS must equally execute a security transformation. Advatek & Fortinet can accompany the NHS through every step of its security transformation journey with
its proactive and transformative approach to cybersecurity – the Fortinet Security Fabric.

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The Fortinet Security Fabric architecture delivers cybersecurity that is:

Broad: Cybersecurity that covers the entire attack surface through industry leading solutions and technologies that scale and deliver seamless protection from the end-point, access, application to the cloud with visibility extended to other vendor solutions.

Integrated: Collaborative cybersecurity where multiple technologies work together for the detection of advanced threats. The integration of devices using open standards, common operating systems, and unified management platforms enables the sharing and correlation of real-time threat intelligence.

Automated: Proactive cybersecurity that can quickly and dynamically respond to threats with all security elements seamlessly exchanging realtime threat intelligence and coordinating actions.

With the Fortinet Security Fabric, the NHS is well positioned to meet both its current as well as future security needs. Through the realisation and application of industry leading solutions and technologies, the Fortinet Security Fabric can easily adapt to the NHS’s evolving industry dynamics, IT infrastructure and threat landscape enabling it to provide quality NHS services today, tomorrow, and well into the future.

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