Trusts told to remain vigilant with updated cyber-attack guidance
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 21:51
The press release adds that the police, industrial authorities and the sectors of computer technology, education, banking and cyber-space, as well as some computer security companies, have already taken measures to respond to the attack.
Seven hospital trusts are still experiencing serious problems, among them St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust.
Similarly, NHS Digital said in an FAQ factsheet for organisations that the investigations into the attack vector continue - but that they had "uncovered no indication NHSmail has been compromised or is the method of attack".
Several hospitals and similar facilities in the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) are still struggling to return to normal operations after a massive, cyber attack Friday, according to a report from ZDNet published Monday.
Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said more than a million patients had been treated in the course of Monday.
"We would like to extend our thanks to our staff for the hard work they have done to ensure patient care has been prioritised during this difficult time, and to our patients for their understanding".
"The vast majority of patients have noticed no difference".
NHS health boards in Scotland were warned in February of the need to review the resilience and backup procedures of their computer systems to protect patient data from cyber attacks, the Scottish Government said last night.
The ransomware assault triggered internal chaos at various NHS institutions by crippling doctors' and administrators' ability to access patient files and virtually coordinate.
But computers and networks that didn't update their systems remained at risk.
"In particular, making sure that our data is properly backed up and making sure that we are using the software patches, the anti-virus patches, that are sent out regularly by manufacturers".
NHS Digital said it had made health trusts aware last month of IT protection that could have prevented the damage.