It didn’t take long from the start of the Covid-19 outbreak to see increased volumes of spam emails, accelerated spread of health-specific malware and significant spoofing of health care organisations, not to mention the increased risk of cyber-attack as a result of the enforced new ways of working. But as a society we have been able to react at incredible speed to deal with this new environment.

In this free online event, we will share examples of the cyber-threats witnessed during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic and explore how to capitalise on the work already done so that organisations can be ready for future challenges, including the need for a clinical-led approach. Our panel will discuss why it is important to incorporate cyber-security as part of wider organisational strategies, approaching it not just as another IT initiative but as a critical patient safety issue.

Submit your questions

Ahead of the event, send your question to the panel by visiting the Slido page here.

Please submit questions by 12pm on 7 July for the chance to have your question featured in the discussion. Popular questions submitted during the broadcast on Wednesday 15 July will be answered and shared on the event page afterwards.


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Dan Taylor

Associate Partner, IBM Security for Health and Life Sciences

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Dan Taylor joined IBM in 2019 to lead IBM Security for healthcare and life-sciences within the European Centre of Competency. Before this, he spent nine years working for the National Health Service in England in technology and security where he worked on developing the NHS Cyber Security Strategy, designed and implemented the first NHS cyber security services to support local organisations and worked on delivering the National NHS Cyber Security Operations Centre into live operation. He led the technical response command during the WannaCry Attack in 2017 and was a contributor to the NAO and National CIO report into WannaCry. He worked in public and private partnerships in technology enabled change and transformation in healthcare through to 2010.

Jo Vigor

Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund

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Jo leads the business and operational side of the Leadership and Organisational Development team at The King’s Fund and is passionate about working with teams and organisations to support how they develop and support their staff to deliver high quality care.

Before joining The King’s Fund in 2019, Jo worked at NHS Improvement as the joint National Programme Director for the design and delivery of the first national framework for improvement and leadership development in England (2016). Alongside this, Jo managed a portfolio of programmes including the development of resources to support culture change in provider organisations. Jo has worked in various sectors over her career, including commercial, charity and the public sector (education, health and social care). Over the past 18 years she has worked with policy and development teams at a national level to support capability building across the education sector and the NHS.

Jo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Social Psychology and a postgraduate diploma.
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Dr Saif F Abed

Founding Partner and Director of Cybersecurity Advisory Services, The AbedGraham Group

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Dr Abed is a medical doctor and healthcare cybersecurity/national security expert. His primary fields of specialisation are cyber-warfare and crime targeting hospitals and safety critical infrastructure. Based in London, Dr Abed is a Partner and Director of Cybersecurity Services at the clinical security advisory and technology firm, The AbedGraham Group, and holds additional independent expert roles for the European Commission, World Health Organisation and UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority. Academically, he holds degrees in Medicine, Management and Software and Systems Security.
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Pete Rose

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Information Security Officer, NHS Digital

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Pete joined NHS Digital in May 2020 and leads their Live Services, Cyber Security, Solutions Assurance and Infrastructure functions, as well as their sustainability agenda. Alongside this, he has also adopted the new role of Chief Information Security Officer for the Health and Social Care System.

He has nearly 30 years of experience of delivering mission-critical digital and technology services and business change in the defence, security and public safety sectors. Before joining NHS Digital, he was Director of Enterprise Services and Deputy Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer at the Home Office.

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Dr Saira Ghafur

Lead for Digital Health, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

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