NHS bid to get IT right

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Com­puter sys­tems across NHS La­nark­shire sites will be bet­ter pro­tected against cy­ber-at­tacks fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of a new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment project.

The Pub­lic Sec­tor Ac­tion Plan on Cy­ber Re­silience will en­cour­age all pub­lic bod­ies to im­ple­ment the same stan­dards of cy­ber-se­cu­rity in their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

These in­clude ac­tive threat in­tel­li­gence shar­ing, clear cy­ber- in­ci­dent re­sponse pro­to­cols and ap­pro­pri­ate in­de­pen­dent as­sur­ance that crit­i­cal pro­tec­tion against the most com­mon forms of at­tack is in place.

The plan is sig­nif­i­cant for NHS La­nark­shire fol­low­ing at­tacks on IT sys­tems at Wishaw Gen­eral, Hairmyres and Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal in May and Au­gust this year.

Al­most 500 pat i e n t ap­point­ments and pro­ce­dures were can­celled when com­put­ers were in­fected by the “Wan­naCry” ran­somware in May.

The health board was also hit by a fur­ther cy­ber-at­tack in Au­gust, which led to 184 can­celled ap­point­ments across the re­gion.

Calum Camp­bell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of NHS La­nark­shire, said: “Fol­low­ing the cy­ber at­tack in May we took prompt and ro­bust ac­tion to im­prove the se­cu­rity of our IT sys­tems, which helped limit the im­pact of the mal­ware in­ci­dent in Au­gust.

“Ever y or­gan­i­sa­tion through­out the world needs to recog­nise and pre­pare for fu­ture cy­ber threats of this kind.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence, de­tailed anal­y­sis and learn­ing from both in­ci­dents along with ro­bust ac­tions to en­hance our cy­ber se­cu­rity mean that NHS La­nark­shire is much bet­ter placed to meet and re­spond to these chal­lenges.”

An­nounc­ing the plan’s launch at a CBI Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence, Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney said: “I want Scot­land to be a world-lead­ing na­tion in cy­ber­re­silience by 2020.

“Today marks the first of those plans be­ing pub­lished. Our pub­lic sec­tor ac­tion plan will en­cour­age all pub­lic bod­ies, large or small, to achieve com­mon stan­dards of cy­ber-re­silience.”

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