Cyber Security Programme

The information on these pages is intended to inform organisations about the work of the NHS Digital Cyber Security Programme and how to get involved.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the management and application of Information Security standards. This applies to computers,  computer networks, and the data stored and transmitted. It can also cover physical security.

The NHS Digital Cyber Security Programme (CSP)

The CSP is delivering a number of projects:

  • Cyber security education and awareness - through training, events and guidance material for the health and social care system.
  • Health and Care Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) course - for a small number of security staff across the system in the first instance, as a pilot for a wider roll-out
  • An e-Learning platform.
  • Enhancing NHS Digital’s existing cyber security capabilities - as a trusted centre of cyber security expertise


The Cyber Security Programme (CSP) was established and funded under a mandate from the HSCIC Board (now NHS Digital). CSP has since been expanded and supported by additional funds allocated by the Cabinet Office’s National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) following a bid made jointly by HSCIC and the Department of Health.

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