NHS Digital Signs Cybersecurity Agreement with Microsoft

NHS Digital Signs Cybersecurity Agreement with Microsoft

NHS Digital has signed a cybersecurity agreement with Microsoft in light of the global WannaCry ransomware attacks.

The WannaCry attacks in May highlighted the vulnerability of unpatched operating systems and showcased the need for cybersecurity training and awareness amongst NHS staff.

Although WannaCry was not specifically targeted at the NHS it raised questions about the resilience of the service’s IT systems.

In July this year, the government announced it would boost investment in NHS and cybersecurity above the £50m identified in the Spending Review to address key structural weaknesses, such as unsupported systems.

The additional funding is part of a package of measures to improve NHS cybersecurity, announced by the government in response to a review on data security and data sharing in the health and social care system.

The government said an initial £21m would be targeted at increasing the cyber resilience of major trauma sites as an immediate priority and improve NHS Digital’s national monitoring and response capabilities.

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