NHS Wales commissions organisation-wide cyber awareness training and e-learning

In the face of growing cyber threats and the potential impact on the safe running of NHS services across Wales, NHS Wales has procured cyber awareness training for 50,000 of its staff, including all hospital staff, GPs, pharmacists and contractors.

Dojo is the result of a public sector collaboration project which saw 10 public bodies co-fund and co-design cyber awareness training and e-Learning with film-makers Matobo.

Matobo had already delivered the BBC’s mandatory cyber awareness training and working with these organisations, scripted highly engaging content reflecting public sector cyber priorities and protocols.

The resulting training delivers over 35 minutes of high quality content across 12 modules, each lasting three to five minutes. With modules covering phishing, scams, password management, offline security, GDPR and more, the animated, easy to consume approach ensures staff stay engaged.

Brought together by CC2i (the public sector co-funding platform), they delivered Dojo in December 2017. Now over 250,000 public sector staff have access to it.

NHS Wales will have access to versions in both English and Welsh with a dedicated version for Housing Associations also in production.

NHS Wales is the first national NHS organisation to rollout dual language cyber awareness training and e-Learning at such a scale. The material will be loaded onto and delivered via the NHS Wales national training platforms; Electronic Staff Record Learning Management System and Learning@Wales Moodle Platform.

An NHS Wales Informatics Service spokesperson said: “The NHS is a prime target for cyber criminals and we take our responsibility of protecting patient data very seriously. Ensuring all NHS Wales staff are aware of the threats and know how to mitigate them is critical.”

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) research shows that staff are the biggest threat to cyber security, with 50% of the worst information security breaches caused by unintentional human error.

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