NHS Trusts still not ready for WannaCry-like cyber-attacks, reveal DOH officials

Over nine months have passed since the destructive WannaCry ransomware attacks disrupted operations at hundreds of NHS trusts and GP clinics across the UK, yet an overwhelming number of such trusts continue to remain vulnerable to similar cyber attacks.

The Department of Health recently revealed that as many as 200 NHS Trusts have failed to meet cyber security standards that are essential for them to defend against sophisticated cyber attacks in the future.

While addressing the public accounts committee at the House of Commons, Rob Shaw, deputy chief executive at NHS Digital, said that every single NHS Trust which the Department of Health had assessed had failed to meet essential cyber security standards set out by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian. He added that some of the Trusts have a considerable amount of work to do in order to comply with the standards.