Plan to protect British hospitals from cyber threats

Dhaka,  Fri,  23 June 2017
Published : 16 May 2017, 13:39:03
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Plan to protect British hospitals from cyber threats

The healthcare inspectorate in UK is set to be given new powers to assess the state of IT systems in hospitals and surgeries as the National Health Service recovered from Friday’s cyber attack, according to a global media report on Tuesday.

The British, health secretary, is to accept the recommendations of a report he commissioned into data security across the health service, which last year concluded that more protection was needed against potential threats.

As part of that, the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator, is expected to receive extended powers to check that robust data security arrangements are in place when it awards ratings to healthcare organisations, which are visible to patients.

The NHS England said that only two hospitals - the Lister in Hertfordshire and Broomfield in Essex - were still diverting ambulances elsewhere.

However, the affair has cast attention on the high degree of autonomy NHS trusts have when it comes to procuring and administering their own IT systems. Specifically, it has raised questions as to why some failed to implement a security patch that could have repelled the ransomware virus.

Although the total number of affected devices remains unconfirmed, the NHS said that of 1.5 million connected devices across NHS England, about 70,000 were running Windows XP, an old version of the Windows software that contained a crucial vulnerability.

This allowed the ransomware to find other computers in a single network with the same vulnerability and spread to them rapidly.

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