Earlier this year we reported on the severe global cyber security attack, which escalated the ransomware virus ‘WannaCry’ and brought down several NHS computers across the UK.
Since then, the UK government has sought to begin improvement plans to eliminate this issue from re-occurring in the future, by pledging a 20million pound budget to improve it’s cyber security strategy across the NHS. The money is anticipated to be invested in the building of an NHS cyber security centre which will employ ‘ethical hackers’ to constantly scan NHS IT systems for vulnerabilities, probe the system’s existing defences and ensure that best-practice and training is met across the NHS sector, whilst reporting on where improvements are needed.
According to a recent article by Information Security Buzz – NHS To Spend 20mill On Cyber Security, “The NHS hopes that the new service will help it to avoid another WannaCry, even after it (hopefully) upgrades to more secure operating systems”.
The UK government is building a better cyber security strategy
Protecting patient data and life dependent machinery is paramount to the safety and well-being of patients whilst they are using the service. Already, the UK has established its first Cyber Security Centre based in London with a positive approach to cyber security. It is hoped that the new NHS cyber security initiative will not only feed off this but will also work together to build a tighter controlled hub with greater knowledge in order to sustain the UK’s future in terms of a cyber security strategy.
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