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April 3, 2012

Calls for improvements in NHS staff IT security training

IT Governance UK has called for National Health Service (NHS) staff to take on information security and IT governance training.

By Abdulhameed Bukhamsin

IT Governance UK has called for National Health Service (NHS) staff to take on information security and IT governance training.

In a statement, IT Governance chief executive Alan Calder said that improved training around the ISO27001 security management standard would allow NHS staff to manage data better.

"If errors are made by suppliers in self-assessment forms, wrongly claiming ISO27001 compliance, and those errors are not quickly identified by well-informed NHS staff, there might even be a need for the NHS to later commission supply chain information security audits," Calder added.

"Training staff to manage information security should be a high priority because of the delicate nature of the data handled by the NHS. Any organisation that compromises client data will suffer major reputational damage."

IT Governance will offer a scheduled information security training courses, from a base level up to the requirements of ISO27001 lead implementers and auditors.

The organisation has developed NHS N3/IG Toolkit Connecting for Health Consultancy service, which will permit NHS staff and private sector partners to meet Department of Health information governance policies and standards.

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