In the aftermath of the crippling WannaCry attack in 2017, the NHS has called in Microsoft to beef up its cybersecurity. The Department of Health and Social Care is investing £150 Million over three years to guard against future disruption to Britain’s vital healthcare services. On top of this, the government is injecting a further £60 million to counter NHS cybersecurity failings.
The WannaCry ransomware attack in May last year, which exploited the NHS’s outdated Windows XP software, was relatively unsophisticated. Even so, it caused major disruption to hospitals, GP practices, ambulances and care centres.
The new Windows 10 system will allow healthcare operations to diagnose threats early on, quarantine contaminated devices and isolate and eradicate germ-infected processes. The Care Quality Commission regulator will monitor progress and ensure best practice.