Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, has released findings of independent research into the state of cybersecurity within the NHS.
Working with Vanson Bourne, 100 NHS IT decision-makers were surveyed on the importance of data security in the wake of recent cyber attacks, preparedness for forthcoming tougher data protection rules and the development of trust when it comes to how patients digitally interact with the NHS.
The study reveals NHS IT managers’ awareness and understanding of how the Department of Health is planning to radically change cybersecurity requirements for healthcare providers.
The vast majority of respondents (90 percent) believe that prioritizing cybersecurity in the NHS will unlock the potential of digitalisation to improve patient care.
They also agree that cybersecurity investment could enable substantial savings in the long run (83 percent), saving £14.8 million nationally each year on average.
The survey’s respondents estimated that improved cybersecurity would save enough money to allow for an additional 150 doctors and 250 nurses within the NHS.