Department of Health and Social Care on the hunt for new cybersecurity leader

Based within the digital, data and primary care directorate in the Department of Health and Social Care, the new deputy director of cybersecurity will have to ensure that the system is prepared to deal with emerging cyber issues threatening the delivery of services.


[London, UK] The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is looking for a new deputy director of cybersecurity to lead a £200m project that would see improvements in data and cyber resilience across the system.

Key responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of recommendations set out in the Chief Information Officer for Health and Care’s review on the WannaCry attack from May 2017, which disrupted operations at around 80 NHS trusts and 600 GP practices in England.

“With the question of the next large-scale attack being more a case of "when" than "if", there is a growing need for the health and care system to remain resilient against attack and to protect patient data and patient care,” the job listing reads.

The digital, data and primary care directorate oversees the £4.2bn technology transformation programme for health and social care.

The new deputy will have to be able to shift focus based on emerging cyber threats, work with ministers and arm’s-length bodies (ALBs) and develop a ‘strategic plan for 2018-21’ to use any additional funding.

The DHSC says the successful candidate will need to have ‘excellent commercial and financial insight’.

“Leading on the development and implementation of the cross system resilience plans, this post will bring together our key delivery partners, and provide assurance to the Department, that we are prepared for such attack [similar to WannaCry],” it is added.

Interested parties have until 22 April to apply.

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