Hospitals are vulnerable to the same cyber threats as businesses and must take action to protect themselves.
According to BBC News, “WannaCry was the biggest cyber-attack that has affected the NHS to date: NHS trusts were left vulnerable in a major ransomware attack in May 2017 because cyber-security recommendations were not followed, a government report has said.”
The BBC report claims that a third of the NHS systems in England was disrupted by the WannaCry ransomware attack, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). This led to at least 6,900 NHS appointments being cancelled because of the attack. “NHS England reported that no patient data had been compromised or stolen and praised the staff response. The NAO chief said the Department of Health and the NHS must now get their act together”, the BBC stated.
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