Health-case businesses will be able to get government-funded training in order to boost their cyber-security and protect sensitive data, the UK government announced on Thursday.
Matt Warman, the minister of digital, culture, media and sport, announced the 500,000-pound ($650,000) initiative as part of this year's annual London Tech Week.
Hackers "frequently target organizations in order to collect bulk personal information, intellectual property and intelligence that aligns with national priorities," the NCSC and CISA advisory stated.
The new initiative will provide small and medium-sized businesses, such as medical suppliers and primary care providers, with cyber-security training, including how to keeping devices up to date and use firewalls properly. They can also receive help to identify vulnerabilities in their IT systems.
The training aims to help the businesses qualify for accreditation from the government’s Cyber Essentials certification program.
Paul Chichester, director of operations at NCSC, said protecting health-care had been the agency's "top priority" during the CCP virus pandemic. The initiative is one of the "excellent" ways for organizations to "ensure they have fundamental security protections in place, even in the most challenging of times," he said.