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?



Participate in the WiredGov Cyber Security Survey


Following the ‘WannaCry’ ransonware attack on the NHS we’re seeking 2 minutes of your time to inform our forthcoming Public Sector Cyber Security report.

This latest WiredGov subscriber survey has been designed to measure the levels of cyber risk awareness, preparation and mitigation currently in place for when the inevitable attack happens.

We have teamed up with Government cyber security specialists Ascot Barclay who have advised on the 12 quickfire questions, your response to which will provide the basis for a full survey report including expert analysis and commentary from a panel of former military, GCHQ, senior government and risk management advisors.

All survey respondents will be sent a copy of the report and 3 lucky prize draw winners will share over £200 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Click here to take our 2-minute cyber security survey….Survey Closes at 1pm, Friday 26th May 

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! (Allegedly)
The NCSC has made guidance available about how candidates in the General Election can protect their digital systems and online profiles.

NCSC:  Statement - Guidance for political parties and their staff

Electoral Commission statement on Government response to Sir Eric Pickles' review of electoral fraud

Fairy Tales & Party Manifestos with a soupcon of ‘Totally Un-biased and not in the least self-interested’ comment!
The personal advice of our editor is to only watch something like Netflix rather than the standard TV channels during the election period and so avoid the constant re-hashing of party promises and previous elections.  However, if you want an occasional election ‘fix’, we provide the following links:
Researched Links:

NCFE:  We consider the possible impact of the general election

NCFE:  Surprise election leaves us guessing

Unicef UK response to the publication of the manifestos for the three main political parties

CSJ:  The Conservative Manifesto should kick-start a revolution on mental health

The King's Fund responds to the Labour Party's manifesto

TKF responds to the Conservative Party's manifesto

TKF responds to the Liberal Democrat Party’s manifesto

Patients Association:  New Election Campaign Lets Voters Show Their Support For The NHS

RUSI:  General Election 2017 - Bad Times for Hard Facts on Defence Spending

IFS:  Labour’s income tax rise would hit 1.3m high income individuals

IFS:  More hours, more children, and more spending: early years & childcare proposals from Labour and the Liberal Democrats

IFS:  Moving from a Triple to a Double Lock does little to long-run state pension affordability

IFG:  Business as usual spells trouble on trade

JRF:  General Election - Parliamentary seats where people are at highest risk of poverty

IEA:  'Robin Hood’ taxes will rob from everyone

IEA:  Labour Party manifesto pledges would impose largest tax burden since the 1940s

IEA - Labour market intervention may do more harm than good

IEA: Unambitious Liberal Democrat manifesto hamstrung by tax & spending commitments

IEA:  Interventionist manifesto does go some way to improve intergenerational fairness

Adam Smith Inst:  Theresa May is trying to turn us into Italy

techUK responds Conservative announcements on proposed new digital protections

techUK:  Inventing the Future: techUK launches 2017 manifesto

techUK Manifesto Briefing: Your Complete Guide to Tech Pledges

techUK response to Conservative Manifesto 2017

CBI: "Britain needs a pro-enterprise government"

CBI: Some policies deserve '3 cheers', but others far wide of mark – Response to Labour Manifesto

CBI: 'Business in Wales wants a strong and resilient economy' - Response to the Plaid Cymru manifesto

CBI: Our response to the Liberal Democrat manifesto

CBI: Full response to the Conservative Party manifesto

TUC reacts to Conservative Party pledge to expand workers’ rights

TUC responds to Conservative Party manifesto

CIPD:  Workplace reforms should play a key part in election debate

CIPD welcomes focus on skills and modernising employment rights

Some of us remember when ‘electoral data’ was a combination of paper copies of the electoral roll and ‘door knocking research’

In March 2017 the ICO announced they were conducting an assessment of the data protection risks arising from the use of data analytics, including for political purposes.

Given the big data revolution it is understandable that political campaigns are exploring the potential of advanced data analysis tools to help win votes.  This is a complex & rapidly evolving area of activity and the level of awareness among the public about how data analytics works, and how their personal data is collected, shared & used through such tools, is low.  

What is clear is that these tools have a significant potential impact on individuals’ privacy.  It is important that there is greater & genuine transparency about the use of such techniques to ensure that people have control over their own data and the law is upheld.  Having considered the evidence the ICO has already gathered, a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes has been opened.
Researched Links:

ICO opens a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes

techUK:  ICO Announces Investigation into Use of Data Analytics for Political Purposes

ICO warns political groups to campaign within the law

Matillion:  The Data behind Democracy: Analytics and the 2015 General Election

The Guardian:  Forget the manifesto: big data will win future elections

Leave versus Remain: the digital battle – EU Referendum Analysis 2016

techUK Welcomes ICO Discussion Paper on Big Data and AI

Data at the Heart of the UK Digital Strategy

Information - The King of Modern War!

FRC: UK audit firms can do more to support roll-out of leading-edge data analytic techniques

UK’s first data analytics apprentices arrive at ONS

New research raises the commercial value of big data

Mayor, whatever you want to do, data can help you do it better

Bringing Big Data to life at the first Big Data in Action Roadshow

Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 will address big data skills shortage

Big Data and IoT worth £322bn to the UK by 2020

How can government make use of data to drive better public services?

PX:  Teams of ‘data geeks’ key to the success of city devolution

Variation on a familiar theme

Unisys:  Government Data is Under Siege: Latest Industry Insight on Challenges Facing Public Sector

Latest Research Paper: Your Quick Guide to Seizing the Information Advantage

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Click here to find out more and view this week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service. 

Partial integration will only provide only limited benefits

While some of the vanguard sites developing new care models report promising early results from adopting a whole-person approach, the full opportunities to improve care through integrated approaches to mental health have not yet been realised.

This report draws on TKF recent research with vanguard sites in England, conducted in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  We found that where new models of care have been used to remove the barriers between mental health and other parts of the health system, local professionals saw this as being highly valuable in improving care for patients and service users.  

But there remains much to be done to fully embed mental health into integrated care teams, primary care, urgent & emergency care pathways, and in work on population health.

Researched Links:

TKF:  Mental health & new care models

NHS Confederation:  Mental health should be a thread through STPs

Kings Fund:  Chance to put mental health at heart of NHS services could be missed

TUC: Only 1 in 4 people with a long-term mental illness are in work

HL:  Pitfalls & phone calls - understanding access to mental health services

Where there’s a will, now there’s a way – Professor Tim Kendall

From the fringes to the mainstream – Professor Jane South

The Five Year Forward View: One Year On – Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Healthcare models of the future NHS

Man with mental health issues dies after failings by two NHS trusts

Next steps on the NHS 5-Year Forward View: NHS acts to cut inappropriate out of area placements for children & young people in mental health crisis

NHS Improvement:  Mental health trusts in Manchester combine to strengthen services

NHS Confed.:  Mental Health Network welcomes the TKF report on the cost of treating mental & physical health separately

Vulnerable children turned away from mental health treatment report finds

They are valued members of society

Children are mentally vulnerable

Working towards better mental health

Without accurate & timely data how does one know what needs doing and what has been achieved (or not)

Is it because we cannot see / touch mental health symptoms?

OK for them to drink at home then?
It is now an offence to give or make alcohol available to a child or young person for consumption in a public place.  The provision is part of the alcohol licensing section of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 and is in place to help Police Scotland better tackle outdoor drinking dens.

ScotGov:  New measures on alcohol

Here we go again
Statement by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management and EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides on the Ebola outbreak in the Northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Researched Links:

EU News:  Statement on the Ebola outbreak in the Northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Diseases in remote lands WILL spread

The WHO – why everyone should care

UK team of health experts to tackle global disease outbreaks

Ebola medal: changes to eligibility requirements

Unite: Renewed call for NHS (Ebola virus) volunteers to receive £4,000 payment

Ebola crisis team wins award for lifesaving advice

Hurd: UK aid helping Sierra Leone move beyond Ebola

The end of the Ebola epidemic

The Ross Fund - Combatting the world's most serious diseases

"Ebola exposed weaknesses in UK's response to disease emergencies"

Easier to legislate for than implement?

A radical Welsh law which will extend smoke free areas and introduce a licensing scheme for procedures such as tattooing, will improve & protect the nation’s health.  Assembly Members voted for the final time on the Public Health (Wales) Bill last week.

The Bill aims to protect young people’s health through banning smoking in school grounds, public playgrounds, and the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings, as well as in hospital grounds.  It prohibits tobacco & nicotine products from being handed over to under 18s by home delivery or collection services and creates a national register of retailers of tobacco and nicotine products.
Researched Links:

WAG:  Radical Welsh law will improve the health of the nation


 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

Researched Links:

EU News:  European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Let us reduce the wage & economic differences that tear the EU apart'

EU News:  MEPs welcome unity on Brexit and call for reform of the EU

CBI: Business can help navigate 'labyrinth' of Brexit complexity

TUC: H&S protections for workers are at risk from government’s Brexit plans

TUC: ECJ decision strengthens case for a Brexit deal with core agreement on workers’ rights

IFG:  Business as usual spells trouble on trade


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On Friday 12 May at about 3.45pm, news broke of a large scale cyberattack on the NHS.
By 3.54pm one council was activating its emergency plan, testing the network and assessing what actions they had to take to protect their systems. Seven minutes later, they closed their connection to the NHS network.
"We were ready to act, and had a plan. That did not happen by chance. It reflects the anxiety we have about cybersecurity ... We recognised cybercrime was emerging as one of the top risks for our organisation, so last summer, despite so many other competing priorities and demands, we began to develop a dedicated cybersecurity plan."
How did your council react to the news? Has your council prioritised cybersecurity? Email us and let us know.

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