IBM to boost cybersecurity defenses of NHS after WannaCry Attack


In May 2017, the databases of NHS UK were hit by WannaCry Ransomware Attack which resulted in disruption of the digital services in the said healthcare organization for weeks.

After almost a year, the healthcare organization of Britain has decided to boost its cybersecurity defenses by hiring IBM’s advanced Cyber Security Services such as vulnerability scanning and malware analysis.

That is from now on the Cyber Security Operations Center(CSOC) of NHS will integrate IBMs Advanced Cyber Security Services to monitor the NHS network for known threats and to provide defensive support to health and social care organizations.

IBMs X Force Repository of threat intelligence will also be used by NHS to provide insight and Guidance to offer a wealth of advice to NHS Organizations.

“The partnership will enhance our existing CSOC, which is delivered from NHS Digital’s Data Security Center”, said Dan Taylor, Program Director, Data Security Center at NHS Digital.

In case of increased need, IBM will be offering extra expertise to NHS to monitor and detect threats, risks, and emerging vulnerabilities, while supporting the development of new services for the future to better support the existing needs of local organizations.

Hope, all these strategies will help NHS evolve its security capabilities on par with the evolving cyber threats in the online landscape.

Note- Scrutiny of NHS’s cybersecurity measures has increased since last year as all 200 healthcare trusts have failed to pass basic security measures despite being funded by 21 million pound fund by Department of Health in July 2017 to improve their respective cyber defenses.

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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