England hospitals are witnessing cyber attacks on daily note


Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital based in England are reported to be facing cyber attacks on a daily note. As per the reliable sources, the cyber attack is taking place due to the presence of a malware which crept into the network early this year.

But authorities at both the healthcare organizations confirmed that due to the presence of a major security precaution, a major IT annihilation was averted in October this year.

As per the preliminary inquiry made by Humberside Police, the malware which crippled the network is appeared to have come from a USB memory stick or from an employee who was working on a remote basis. The identification of the employee has been completed. But sources say that the employee was innocent on this issue and might have been targeted by a hackers group from the Asian continent.

Senior Managers at HULL and East Yorkshire hospitals said that public and patients must also cooperate and follow certain stipulations which can help in lowering or dismissing the risk of a breach. In this instance, they agreed that staff played a key role in preventing a virus break through security firewalls.

Martin Smith, Director of IT and Innovation, Castle hill, said that cyber attacks are inevitable as the world is enthusiastically going digital on an annual note. He added that by having proper backup solutions in place which can be recovered with minimum downtime, most of the cyber attacks can be averted or minimized.

Mr. Smith added that business continuity plans such as disaster recovery can not only avert cyber attacks but can also help in showing a blind eye to hackers who demand a payoff by inducing ransomware into a corporate network. The cyber security pro added that personal vigilance and human firewalls can also help in averting cyber threats to a great extent.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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