The financial cost to the NHS in England of the WannaCry cyber attack in May 2017 is estimated at £92m, according to an update from the Department of Health.

The figure includes ‘lost output’ of patient care caused by reduced access to information and cancelled appointments, and additional IT support provided to restore data and systems.

Since February 2018, when the DHSC published ‘Securing cyber resilience in health and care’ the NHS has increased investment in securing local infrastructure in 2017/18 to over £60m.

In addition, a Windows 10 licence agreement has been signed with Microsoft, which should help increase cyber resilience. There will be £150m of investment over the next three years, which will include an NHS Digital Cyber Security Operations Centre, boosting the national capability to prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks.

Originally Published by Pharmacy Magazine

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