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NHS Digital CISO Quits After Three Months

January 09, 2019 / Phil Muncaster

NHS Digital’s first chief information security officer (CISO) has resigned just three months into the job, dealing a blow to efforts to improve cybersecurity across the UK’s health service. In a memo to staff seen by HSJ, NHS Digital deputy CEO, Rob Shaw, said that Robert Coles’ departure was due to personal reasons and that a search for a replacement would begin immediately. “We have enjoyed working with Robert, and his resignation is accepted with great regret,” he’s reported to have said. “I would like to personally thank him for the passion he brought to the role and the early progress he has made in developing the system-wide cyber-strategy.” Coles only started his job as NHS Digital’s first CISO on October 1 with a daunting task ahead of him, given scarce funds and well-documented systemic cybersecurity challenges. In fact, his role was only created after recommendations by NHS England CIO, Will Smart, following the infamous W...