Lax cyber-security, not NHS budgets, are to blame16 May 2017 | 15:17 | The Telegraph
By the same token, instead of addressing real issues about funding health care in this country, Mr Corbyn cited the chaos caused at the weekend by the ransomware infection of NHS computers as further proof of insufficient investment.
Yet the real issue here is about security, not health budgets. The question that has to be asked is why were the NHS computers not protected against the malware? Hospital trusts in England were sent details of a security patch last month that would have prevented the attack. Many must have installed the defences, because four in five hospitals were unaffected, though it is also possible they were running newer software systems.
There had been concern that the virus would spread further when computers were started up again at the beginning of the working week. Fortunately, the worst fears did not materialise – though this appears to have been less to do with adequate levels of protection and inbuilt resilience than with the quick-thinking actions of a young, self-taught software programmer working out of his parents’ home in Devon.
If there is one lesson to be drawn from this episode, it is that the threat from cyber-criminals cannot be taken lightly any more, either by the public sector or the private. What is certain is that they will try again and this time we must be ready.
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