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Title: NCSC Advice Following International Cyber Attack
Post by: trekbat on May 12, 2017, 04:10:31 pm

East & North Herts among the Trusts hit:

http://m.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/stevenage-s-lister-hospital-tells-people-to-stay-away-from-a-e-after-suspected-cyber-attack/story-30329132-detail/story.html
Title: Re: NCSC Advice Following International Cyber Attack
Post by: Nobby on May 12, 2017, 05:05:20 pm
I went to the Lister last month for a minor surgical procedure, and ended up discharging myself just before midnight having waited in A&E for almost six hours. No explanation was ever received, despite NHS guidelines stating that a response to a request for an explanation should be provided within 21 days.
I would suggest that the cyber attack has made no material difference to one's chance of being seen within the four hour target timeframe.
Title: Re: NCSC Advice Following International Cyber Attack
Post by: trekbat on May 12, 2017, 05:21:00 pm
Given the paucity of details it's hard to comment. However, it may be that you would have been better off going to the closer Urgent Care Centre at WGC for your "minor surgical procedure".

http://www.newqeii.info/services/urgent-care-centre

At least today there is advance warning of delays:

“We are postponing all non-urgent activity for today and asking people not to come to A&E"
http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/north-herts-hospital-forced-to-shut-down-computer-systems-after-it-is-hit-with-cyber-attack-1-5015423.


Title: Re: NCSC Advice Following International Cyber Attack
Post by: trekbat on May 13, 2017, 12:28:54 pm
At least we can now see why it's still necessary for cumbersome paper records.
Title: Re: NCSC Advice Following International Cyber Attack
Post by: Nimbus on May 13, 2017, 01:31:09 pm
At least we can now see why it's still necessary for cumbersome paper records.
My last paid employment was ridding a hospital of paper records, by scanning them into computer records!
This ultimately enabled many staff to go and seek employment elsewhere.
Title: Re: NCSC Advice Following International Cyber Attack
Post by: Editor on May 15, 2017, 11:55:06 am
From the local Neighbourhood Watch group.

Dear Watch Member,

Since the coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of organisations across many countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind. But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections can spread within networks.

As the new working week begins it is likely, in the UK and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale. Our national focus is on two lines of defence.

The first is to limit the spread and impact of attacks that have already occurred, a variety of tools are now available to help organisations and individuals do this.  Guidance can be found on The National Cyber Security Centre’s homepage (http://ncsc.gov.uk) – ncsc.gov.uk

NCSC have set out two sets of guidance: one for organisations and one for individuals and SMEs, applicable regardless of the age of the software in question. 

There have already been attempted attacks beyond the National Health Service. It is therefore imperative that any organisation that believes they may be affected, follows the guidance.

Secondly, it is possible that a ransomware attack of this scale could recur, though we have no specific evidence that this is the case.  What is certain is that ransomware attacks are immediately damaging and affect home users, enterprises and governments equally.

Home users and small businesses can take some simple defences against ransomware: 

- Run Windows Update (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12373/windows-update-faq)
- Ensure your antivirus is up to date and run a scan
- Ensure you back up important data (stored separately from your home network) – you can’t be held to ransom for data you have elsewhere.
- Visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance (http://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance) for more details.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jennifer (dot) morris (at) herts (dot) pnn (dot) police (dot) uk

Regards,
Jenny Morris
County Administrator
Neighbourhood Watch