The recent ransomware attack targeting the NHS grabbed headlines earlier this month, due to the sheer scale of it. Yet, the cyber threat was not a one-off and certainly won’t be the last that targets our healthcare sector.
Trusts are aware of the risks and this latest ransomware attack has seen a surge in security activity. However, the important step is not to panic. Security should be considered as a long-term strategy, ensuring systems are future-proofed and continuously updated to protect against the rising sophistication of attacks.
Cyber security strategy
Developments in IT offer many advantages for the NHS, but also create a huge number of vulnerabilities. These areas must be identified and procedures put in place to create a practical security solution.
BDS Solutions works with NHS organisations to devise a long-term security strategy that will ensure these vulnerabilities are managed and sufficient security is put in place to combat the changing IT environment. Coupled with this, cyber criminals are becoming more creative in their attacks and the level of sophistication of the technology will mean the NHS or any other organisation will not be able to totally stop attacks.
Limiting the possibility of an attack, and the subsequent damage caused, is the best strategy. This should be an ongoing, continuous effort if Trusts want to ensure the best protection. In our blog on 20th March ‘Top 10 Tips: Protecting the NHS Against Cybercrime’ you can find some practical first steps to tackle cyberattacks.
Future-proof IT systems
With so much public focus on the recent attack, it is easy for Trusts to quickly purchase and implement security solutions to enhance security. But there needs to be a more considered approach to protection.
Have you analysed your weak spots? How do you know that the solution you’ve been given is addressing those weak spots? It may protect you now, but what about in the future?
Many Trusts are under the same pressure. Huge IT estate, minimal budget and extensive transformation needed to safeguard systems. This is a challenge and so security must be appropriate for the current NHS infrastructure, as well as for future implementations.
The ransomware attack has raised awareness of a vital, ongoing issue for Trusts. Security must be high on the NHS agenda, with so much reliance on these digital systems for the majority of its workers. A considered strategy and proven security solution, supported by a professional partner is the NHS’ best defence to future cyber-attacks.
BDS Solutions is a leading NHS technology partner with 20 years’ experience helping organisations work more effectively together. BDS Solutions offer practical help in protecting the NHS against cybercrime and provide an entry level Flexi-Care Support contract that gives access to highly skilled Microsoft consultants, extended to 24 x 7 out of hours support on an incident based cost. Contact us today for more information on how we can protect and support your organisation.