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More items giving advice on how to ‘shut the stable door to prevent more horses escaping’ and ICO reminder that there is a legal requirement to ‘lock it’

The ICO has released a statement concerning the recent cyber attacks on the NHS:  “All organisations are required under the Data Protection Act to keep people’s personal data safe & secure. ….. we note that NHS England have said they have no evidence that patient data has been accessed. ……. Any appropriate next steps for the ICO will be decided once …..  initial enquiries are complete”. …….  “The ICO has published a useful blog on their website about how to prevent ransomware attacks”.

UK businesses are reportedly being forced to shut down after being held hostage by ransomware.   One report suggested that 54% of UK businesses have been targeted with a ransomware attack, prompting more than a third of them to lose revenue and many to close completely.

The second PR below says; ‘Here at the ICO we want to help businesses prevent ransomware attacks, thus keeping people’s information secure and also avoiding financial and reputational damage. 

Here are some top tips for organisations on preventing & recovering from a ransomware attack, as recommended in the ICO’s Guide to IT Security, the government’s Cyber Essentials and 10 Steps to Cyber Security.   The NCA have also published guidance on this topic.  The tips are also a good starting point for people wanting to protect their home systems because these can also be vulnerable to ransomware attacks’
Researched Links:

ICO statement on recent cyber attacks on the NHS

ICO:  Being held to ransom?

NCA statement on international cyber crime incident

NCA:  Investigators ‘identifying patterns’ in global cyber-attack

NCSC:  Latest statement on international ransomware cyber attack

ScotGov:  Update on NHS cyber attacks

ScotGov:  Statement on reported NHS cyber attacks

ScotGov:  Strengthening cyber security

ScotGov:  Cyber security ScotGov - Cyber resilience

techUK responds to Friday's Ransomware Attacks

techUK:  Urgent NCSC  Statement on Ransomware Attack

techUK Urges Organisations to Heed NCSC Cyber Security Guidance

Ransomware & the NHS – What is techUK doing?

BCS responds to NHS England cyber attack

NHS England:  Statement on reported NHS cyber attack

NHS England:  Latest guidance for the NHS on protecting against cyber attack

NHS England:  Cyber Attack – updated statement & background information from NHS England on hospital & GP services

Age UK - Update on NHS services following cyber attack

The Patients Associations response to the NHS cyber attack

Charity Commission:  Ransomware threat - keep your charity safe

National Counter Terrorism Security Office:  Public ACT following call from Counter Terror police

RUSI:  WannaCry Ransomware: Putting Cybercriminals’ Finances Under the Microscope

AXELOS:  Ransomware - It’s so incredibly easy but do we care enough?



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