A quarter of UK IT professionals not confident with cyber-attack measures

By Sophie Chapman
A report released by Infoblox Inc, a network control agency that provides Actionable Network Intelligence, features research into healthcare IT professi...

A report released by Infoblox Inc, a network control agency that provides Actionable Network Intelligence, features research into healthcare IT professionals.

The findings, announced 14 November, revealed that one in four healthcare IT professionals in the UK do not feel confident about their organisation’s ability to respond to cyber-attacks.

With the rise of technology becoming incorporated within modern healthcare, the threat of cyber-attacks disrupting services in increasing.

Technologies such as connected medical devices, large data analytics for fast and accurate diagnoses, and paperless systems that aid easily exchanging patient information are putting healthcare at risk.

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Cyber-attacks on the healthcare sector could lead to stealing patient data, but could also be as serious as putting lives at risk.

After the disruption of the NHS caused by WannaCry earlier this year in May, many organisations are trying to prepare for ransomware attacks.

One in four participating healthcare IT professionals stated that they would be willing to pay a ransom if in that situation.

Of this quarter, 85% already have a fixed plan of what to do in the event of a cyber-attack.

85% of the professionals when asked announced that their organisation has spent more money on cyber-security in the past year, with 12% increasing spending by at least 50%.

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