Cybercriminals take advantage of a vulnerability in your environment to infest your systems with malware that encrypts your vital data so it’s unusable until you pay them to decrypt it.

Unfortunately, the threat of a cyber-attack is far more acute for government and public sector organisations, due to the extensive ‘cradle to grave’ citizen data they hold. What makes ransomware attacks so dangerously effective is that they are self- propagating. They detect and leverage vulnerabilities in your network to gain escalating access to other network devices and data until the intruder cripples and holds hostage your entire enterprise.

As frightening as the prospects of a ransomware attack can be, the reality is that implementing a few simple best practices is typically all that is needed to keep you safe from such attacks.

Download this insightful short paper on preventing ransomware attacks now.

Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Ten Myths About Data Centres

techUK:  Liam Fox appoints security expert to champion British cyber firms overseas

techUK:  NAO publishes public sector cloud guidance

RUSI:  The West Should Weaponise Embarrassment in the New Information Wars

ICO Blog: Helping us strike the right balance between journalism & data protection

Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:

DHSC:  NHS patients to get faster access to pioneering treatments

NHS England:  NHS ‘sleep clinic’ programme boosts children & parents’ mental health

NHS Digital:  Digital health hub rolled out across more areas following pilot success

ScotGov:  Safe NHS staffing law passed

NHS Health Scotland:  Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol - one year on

NHS cervical screening staff ‘worried about mounting waiting lists’, says Unite

UK Space Agency: Space tech to fight bowel cancer and exposure to air pollution

New NICE guideline will help doctors recognise & refer people with suspected neurological conditions

WAG:  ‘Hospital to Healthier Homes’ pilot scheme extended

King's Fund:  More people asking for social care support but fewer getting it as demand leaves social care system at crisis point

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. 

Against this ambitious 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.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Spruce Architecture

Click here to find out more.

Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:

DIT:  Dr Liam Fox launches new international programs to boost UK fintech industry

DfT:  Updates to driving licences to include alternatively fuelled vans

HM Land Registry:  Improving our electronic Document Registration Service

Companies House: Our digital services help you to file online and on time

Innovate UK:  Smart energy systems - apply for funding

Reform:  Preparing to Procure: Closing The Skills Gap in Outsourcing

Ofgem:  Customers entitled to automatic compensation for switching problems from 1 May

CIPD:  AI & automation causing as much hiring as firing in UK businesses

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

LGA responds to Social Mobility Commission's State of the Nation Report

MHCLG:  New Holocaust Memorial design revealed

NCFE:  How to use a qualification to meet your career guidance duties

EA works with Ordnance Survey to publish Master Map of the UK's water network

CC:  Alert for charities – cyber crime and how to report to the Charity Commission

Citizens Advice:  Harsh collection methods adding half a billion in fees to people’s council tax debt

ScotGov:  Supporting social enterprises

FS:  No reconstruction assistance without a credible political settlement

HM Treasury:  Cash here to stay as government commits to protecting access

Home Office:  Burglary taskforce will drive work to combat house break-ins

DfE:  Education Secretary sets out plan for international education

ScotGov:  New Best Start Grant Payment to open

WAG:  £6.5m Circular Economy Fund launches to increase the use of recycled materials

HMICFRS:  Police forces are generally performing well but 'cracks are widening'

Cabinet Office:  Census (Return Particulars & Removal of Penalties) Bill

ONS:  One in three graduates overeducated for their current role

Audit Scotland:  Benefits delivery set to get much harder

PC&PE:  Forensic science in a state of crisis and must be reformed

 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:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

BEIS:  British Steel - EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) update

Home Office publishes report on EU Settlement Scheme public beta test phase

NIC:  Government must set clear vision for world-class UK infrastructure so economy can compete post-Brexit

WAG:  Consultation on future of Welsh seas post-Brexit launched

WAG:  Counsel General warns on Brexit and the Union

PC&PE:  Parliament’s treaty scrutiny system out of date, Committee calls for reform

PC&PE:  European Union Committee publishes its tenth international agreements report

B4B:  A Debate with Rory Stewart, MP

B4B:  Interregnum

B4B:   Who’s afraid of Chlorinated Chicken?

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