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Cyber Crime – The Scale of The Problem

This is the first in a series of cyber-crime and cyber security blogs by Gary Peace, CEO and founder of ESID Consulting.

Cyber-crime and cyber security are intrinsically linked. The term “cyber” is now used daily by anybody with something to say about the risks and threats of doing anything online.

However, the term is just adding a gloss to an already existing problem faced by business and consumers. That problem is simply one of ‘crime’. It’s nothing but old-fashioned theft, criminal damage, and fraud. It’s just that its being committed with the aid of or over computer networks.

So, what is the scale of the problem?

The scale of the problem should not be taken lightly. It’s big and getting bigger. According to insurer Hiscox, its up in 2019 by 40% in the UK and the costs of it are increasing.

 Why is it getting worse?

Since we’ve all moved online, the checks and balances that existed in a manual, physical and hierarchical environment of 25 years ago now no longer exist.

Organisations do not understand the value of information and employee surveys have repeatedly shown that neither do their employees.

The solution can be found in more joined up thinking between HR, Security and IT, to improve what can be very fragmented reporting processes.

Without clear lines of communication, risks, threats and security issues will not be recognised and incidents will not be dealt with holistically.

Above all else employee awareness and education is imperative in the battle against organised crime.

To read this interesting and informative article in full please click here.



Office of Health Economics consultation: Indication-based pricing discussion paper – should drug prices differ by indication? Survey closes: 24th June 2019 (via The King’s Fund)


Bereavement: A Practical Guide for NHS Managers by Jules Lewis, Roy Lilley and Jules Lock

School for Change Agents 2019  – NHS Horizons **Starts 16th May & runs until 27th June**; on-line – join sessions live or catch up later via recordings.

NHS Health-check e-bulletin May 2019

Making substance misuse and mental health support more inclusive – case study; Public Health England, 3 May 2019 (via The King’s Fund)

Mental health and substance misuse: joined up services – case study; Public Health England, 3 May 2019 (via The King’s Fund)

APRHAI Annual Report 2017-2018  Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection

Heatwave Plan for England  Public Health England, Department of Health, NHS England updated May 2019

NHS Screening Programmes KPI report 2018-2019 Public Health England, 15th May 2019

Recommended reads

An Aboriginal approach to mental health: helping farmers deal with drought Georgina Kenyon, Quartz, 4th May 2019

Spreading and scaling up innovation and improvement  Trish Greenhalgh, Professor and Chrysanthi Papoutsi, postdoctoral researcher; BMJ, 10th May 2019

Primary Care Networks and the deprivation challenge Beccy Baird and Rebecca Fisher, The King’s Fund, 8th May 2019

Understanding urban health: thinking large and small Chris Naylor and Kieron Boyle, The King’s Fund, 8th May 2019

Raising the equality flag: health inequalities among older LGBT people in the UK International Dr Brian Beach, Longevity Centre UK, 8 May 2019 (via The King’s Fund)

Why do so many mediocre men rise to the top? Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian, 10 May 2019

Heart and circulatory disease deaths in under 75s see first sustained rise in 50 years Jennifer Mitchell, 13th May 2019, British Heart Foundation

Spending reviews: a more powerful approach to ensuring value in public finances Rima Assi, Jonathan Dimson, Andrew Goodman & Jens Riis Andersen; McKinsey & Company, March 2019

Marmalade Lane: the car free, triple-glazed, 42-home oasis Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian, 8 May 2019

Shaping health places with district councils Public Sector Executive, 29 April 2019 (via The King’s Fund)

Commons Select Committee: Government losing grip on health screening Parliament UK, 10 May 2019 (via The King’s Fund) (via The King’s Fund)

2018 Workforce Race Equality Standards data analysis NHS England, 9 May 2019

National Health Servers: delivery digital health for all Kathryn Petrie and Nigel Keohane, Social Market Foundation, 13 May 2019 (via The King’s Fund)

NHS Future-Focused Finance May 2019 Newsletter

Personal development and well-being

7 ways to celebrate mental health awareness week Calmer, 15 May 2019

Nine tips to help you cope with the menopause BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

How to work with someone who has depression  Kate Lucey, Metro, 4th May 2019

Tsundoku: buying books and never reading them –  why it might be more problematic than you think by Thomas Oppong, Founder of AllTopStartUps, Thrive Global

13 of the best podcasts for mental health – via Calmmoment

How to be mindful at work: mindful meetings and better office health – via Calmmoment

How to talk to strangers without feeling awkward Matt Apodaca, Lifehack, 10 May 2019

Google’s leadership evaluation questions Jeff Haden, Thrive Global, 8 May 2019

The art of noticing: 5 ways to experience a city differently Rob Walker, The Guardian, 9 May 2019

How to use deep work to wipe out distractions and boost productivity Carl Pullein, Lifehack, 6 May 2019

How to compartmentalise time to boost productivity and get more done Carl Pullein, Lifehack, 8 May 2019

10 ways to find learning motivation Carl Pullein, Lifehack, 28 February 2019

Focus: climate change, carbon reduction and sustainability – a selection of recent articles. If you’re interested in joining our new Carbon Reduction Group please email: louthwaite@ihm.org.uk

Nature’s Emergency: where we are in 5 graphics BBC News, 5th May 2019

5 things we’ve learned from nature crisis studies BBC News, 5th May 2019

Climate crisis: flooding threat ‘may force UK towns to be abandoned’ Sandra Laville, The Guardian, 9 May 2019

The NHS and climate change: a decade of distraction Chris Naylor, The King’s Fund, 25 April 2019

Don’t feed the monster: the people who’ve stopped buying new clothes Paula Cocozza, The Guardian, 19 February 2019

The library of things: borrowing scheme Leo Benedictus, The Guardian, 24 April 2019

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You can find ‘Recommended Reads’ from previous weeks in the  Recommended Reads Archive section 

NHS staff discount for Association of British HealthTech Industry’s UK Market Conference

ABHI’s UK Market Conference is being held on 13 June at FieldFisher LLP, London. More information and the registration page can be found here.

There is an IHM Members’ discount of £100 on the non-member price using promo code:  ABHIPARTNER

Confirmed speakers to date are:


Using AI in NHS diagnosis: apply for funding

The government has announced the availability of up to £240,000  in funding for organisations exploring how AI and machine learning can be used to support limb radiographs in the diagnosis of fractures. Possible improvements include

14 May 2019|

Can we be more ambitious on sustainable diets?

The latest blog from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) looks at the recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) for the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by  100 per cent by 2050.  A key pillar

13 May 2019|