The NHS was just one of the victims in the major international WannaCry attack that took place in May this year. Close to 600 GP surgeries and over 80 NHS trusts were affected, with many resorting to pen and paper and sending patients away. The attack, which affected upwards of 100,000 organisations worldwide, is thought to have been the biggest online extortion attack in recorded history. However, a recent Government report has revealed that the NHS could have prevented falling victim to the attack if it had followed some basic cybersecurity measures.
- 20 September 2017
Social media has, without a shadow of a doubt, become central to our way of life. And yet, while millions use these platforms on a daily basis, they are not without their pitfalls. In particular, online privacy and information security constantly come under the spotlight.
The National Cyber Security Centre - part of intelligence agency GCHQ - started work in October 2016 with a £1.9bn five-year vision to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
Although this will undoubtedly improve the underlying security of the UK Internet, NCSC chief Ciaran Martin stated: "Government cannot protect business and the general public from the risks of cyber-attack on its own. It has to be a team effort from the public and private sectors. It is only in this way that we can stay one step ahead of the scale and pace of the threat that we face."