NHS to Spend £150m on Cybersecurity to Bolster Defences

NHS to Spend £150m on Cybersecurity to Bolster Defences

The NHS is to spend £150m to bolster its defences against the “growing threat” of cyber-attacks following the chaos caused by the WannaCry virus.  

A new security contract has been drawn up with Microsoft amid warnings that hackers linked to Russia and other countries have been targeting Britain’s critical national infrastructure including power networks.

The Department of Health and Social Care said the package would enhance security intelligence and give individuals trust in their ability to detect threats, isolate infected machines and kill malicious processes before they are able to spread.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said: “We know cyber-attacks are a growing threat, so it is vital our health and care organisations have secure systems which patients trust.”

“We have been building the capability of NHS systems over a number of years, but there is always more to do to future-proof our NHS against this threat.”

“This new technology will ensure the NHS can use the latest and most resilient software available – something the public rightly expect.”

The news comes almost a year after the global WannaCry cyber-attack crippled parts of the NHS in May 2017, locking data on computers with demands for money.   

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