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A huge number of NHS patients’ private clinical data spilled in stunning information break

Exploit: Third-Party Data Breach

National Health Service (NHS): National Healthcare Agency

cybersecurity news gauge indicating extreme risk

Risk to Business: 2.919 = Moderate

A shocking report from the Daily Mail details the exposure of all sorts of sensitive data for thousands of patients served by the NHS. The information was exposed by an NHS service provider, PSL Print Management. Reports say that the exposed confidential files include hospital appointment letters for women’s health emergencies, test results of cervical screening and letters to parents of children needing urgent surgery. The information dates back as far as 2015, a huge no-no under data protection rules. The incident is under investigation.

Individual Impact: No information about consumer/employee PII, PHI or financial data exposure was available at press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Third-party risk is a problem that will only continue growing worse for organizations as they increasingly farm out work to smaller specialty service providers.

Source: Daily Mail