School of Computing

Cyber Security for Healthcare

Cyber Security for Healthcare


This introductory course explain of some of the fundamental concepts in cyber security and impart an understanding of information system security requirements. By analysing real-world examples, practical aspects of cyber security including threats and vulnerabilities, with a particular focus on the potential threats to health data, will be discussed. Learners will learn about good practices in cyber security to establish a security culture. Through the course, important questions such as “why is cyber security important for healthcare?” and “does healthcare have a cyber security problem?” will be considered and discussed.

The course covers:

The basics: 

  1. Cyber security fundamentals 
  2. NDG Data Security Standards 

The threats: 

  1. Cyber security threats in general (STRIDE model) 
  2. Risk assessment  
  3. Specific aspects to clinical information system safety and patient safety 
  4. Hazards and accidents: Introduction to safety culture, risk management and ALARP incident response
  5. Cyber security technologies (technologies for implementing privacy, security and trust) 
  6. Examples: 
    • Learning from the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack 

The practical stuff: 

  1. Cyber security good practices 

                              i.      Key security controls (secure devices and software, access control to data and services, malware and virus protection, devices and software update, secure internet connection)

      2. Multiple attack steps: Mat Honan attack
      3. Cyber security and GDPR

Date and time: Thursday 4 March 2021   13:00 – 14:00
Fee: £120 one off session
Book the whole Health Informatics programme of 10 sessions for £1000

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Course Lecturers

Professor Aad van Moorsel

Aad van Moorsel is a Professor in Computer Science, specialising in Cyber Security, at Newcastle University. His research focuses on security, privacy and trust, taking the perspective of the user and the decision-maker. He asks the questions: how can we run, make decisions about, and implement IT so that businesses are secure but efficient, and people feel safe but can be productive.

Aad is also the lead for Newcastle University in the Institute of Coding. The scheme offers postgraduate degree apprenticeships and CPD courses to improve digital skills.

He teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He regularly consults and delivers CPD sessions on Blockchain and Cyber Security to professionals from several industries and diverse backgrounds.