BCS Launches Blueprint To Help NHS Improve Cyber Security

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Grace Arnell

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has joined forces with the Patients Association, Royal College of Nursing and others to produce a Blueprint outlining the steps NHS trusts should take to minimise the effects of another crippling cyber-attack.

 

The Blueprint For Cyber Security in Health and Care’ - released today - claims a lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security measures are partly responsible for the recent Wannacry virus that hit NHS IT systems last month.

 

David Evans, Director of Policy says: “Patients should be able to trust that hospital computer systems are as solid as the first-class doctors and nurses that make our NHS the envy of the world. Whilst doing the best with the limited resources available, it is clear that some hospital IT teams lacked access to trained, registered and accountable cyber-security professionals with the power to assure hospital Boards that computer systems were fit for purpose. The healthcare profession has struggled to keep pace with cyber-security best practice and with a systemic lack of investment, ultimately, the Wannacry attack was an ‘inevitability’.

 

He continues: “Unfortunately, without the necessary IT professionals, proper investment and training, the Wannacry ransomware virus was bound to happen, it was just a matter of when. With the roadmap we are releasing today, will make it less likely that such an attack will have the same impact in the future.”

 

The Blueprint outlines a roadmap with steps that NHS trusts should take to avoid another crippling cyber-attack. Top of the list is ensuring there are clearly laid out standards for accrediting relevant IT professionals. NHS boards are being urged to ensure they understand their responsibilities, and how to make use of registered cyber security experts. The number of properly qualified and registered IT professionals also need to be increased.   

                                                                     

Almost 50 NHS Trusts were hit last month by the Wannacry cyber-attack. It meant computers were encrypted and unusable in many areas of the health service, with hackers threatening that valuable files would be lost forever unless a ransom was paid. It led to operations and appointments being cancelled, and patients were still being diverted from accident and emergency departments six days later.   

 

Link: www.bcs.org/blueprint

            

ENDS

 

 

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For further information

Adrian Oldman
Head of Media Relations, Press and PR
BCS The Chartered Institute for IT

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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is here to make IT good for society. We promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice. We bring together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public.

 

Our vision is to be a world-class organisation for IT. Our 75,000 strong membership includes practitioners, businesses, academics and students in the UK and internationally. We deliver a range of professional development tools for practitioners and employees.  A leading IT qualification body, we offer a range of widely recognised qualifications.

 

 

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