Trusts told to remain vigilant with updated cyber-attack guidance


As the first wave of WannaCry attacks struck computers across the world, Microsoft not only advised Windows users to patch their systems, but also upgrade their anti-virus software which acts as the first line of defence in detecting malware.

It has been labelled as the biggest cyber attack in history with a total of 200,000 computers directly affected by hackers, but despite its global impact, Digital Health News can confirm the majority of Scottish health boards experienced disruptions mainly to GP practices with no hospital sites or services affected.

Around 6500 NHS Scotland computers still use an outdated operating system, the health minister has confirmed following last week’s cyber attack.

Robison said she wanted to “reassure patients in Scotland” there had been “no reported breaches of patient data or personal details as a result of the attack”.

Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt told the BBC the National Crime Agency was investigating the incident that saw NHS computers locked down and money demanded from the attackers to unlock the files.

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal on Tuesday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

Those health boards which have identified areas of contamination such as GP practices have immediately been disconnected and isolated from the network with measures being undertaken to cleanse, fix and protect.

A spokesman for North Middlesex University Hospital said: “Our priority was to support our NHS partners who had been affected by the cyber attack and to ensure all patients received high quality care”.

“I know Windows XP has been an issue raised within the media”.

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