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New CISO in the NHS Digital – lesson learned from the last year’s WannaCry attack.

NHS Digital Hires First Chief Information Security Officer (Ciso)

Robert Coles has been named the new chief information security officer (CISO) at NHS Digital. This new created role is to help local organisations meet the government’s new minimum cyber security standards.

Robert Coles will start his job as the first CISO in the NHS Digital in October 2018. He has over 30 years’ experience working in information security and spent the last four years as GlaxoSmithKline’s Chief Information Security Officer. He has previously held posts as Chief Information Security Office at National Grid and investment bank Merrill Lynch.

Robert Coles will work closely with local Chief Information Officers and Chief Executives to help ensure health and care organisations meet the government’s new minimum cyber security standards and Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification.

We are determined to ensure that cyber security becomes a priority

Rob Shaw, Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Digital, said: “We have listened to the recommendations made in the lessons learned review into last year’s WannaCry attack and acted on the commitment we made to the Public AFormer GlaxoSmithKline security chief Robert Coles has been named the new chief information security officer (CISO) at NHS Digital.ccounts Committee to appoint someone to lead the national cyber and security agenda for health and care. Robert will build on the excellent work that the NHS Digital Data Security Centre has already done to reach out across the health and care to support improved cyber security across the system.”

Bringing Robert Coles on board allows NHS Digital to strengthen its relationship with the wider health and care sector, by ensuring NHS Digital has the best expertise to protect them from cyber security threats. NHS wants to ensure that cyber security becomes a priority right across the health and care from frontline staff all the way up to board level.


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