BBC Report with Nik Whitfield on NHS Cyber Attack
In his latest commentary for BBC, Panaseer’s CEO Nik Whitfield reflected on global ransomeware attacks on NHS IT systems which are causing continued delays and disruption to NHS services.
When facing the cyber security challenge every organisation needs good Cyber Hygiene: they need to understand what assets they have, keep software up to date, patch regularly, and educate their employees. This can stop the vast majority of attacks.
WannaCry has shown that organisations of all sizes are exposed to cyber security challenges such as the risk of destructive malware. While law enforcement focuses on tracking down the culprits, it’s critical that businesses aren’t distracted from the issue of how to protect themselves from future cyber attacks. The big lesson here for executives is about the importance of developing and maintaining cyber hygiene to manage exposure to the impact of these kind of attacks.
“The chaos faced by the NHS is a direct result of poor Cyber Hygiene. The bigger the organisation, the more challenging it is to maintain ‘basics’.”