Cyber security

The ransomware attacks that came to light on Friday 12 May will not have surprised BCS members who are aware of the threats and vulnerabilities, but for the general public this will have come as a shock. Ambulances were being turned away from hospitals and operations were cancelled because of a cyber attack.

This should, as some commentators have remarked, be a wake up call to those running organisations of every type and size. It is also an opportunity for the professional community in BCS and other similar bodies to demonstrate how we can serve the general public and keep them safe. As a consequence, we are starting a dialogue amongst our membership; we’ve already started talking to our leadership in health and care and in security. We will be working as a professional community, with partner organisations and stakeholders, and together we will rise to the challenge.

'Now the public see that what we do matters, and we have to rise to the challenge; being professional means putting the public first.'
David Evans, Director of Policy, BCS

WannaCry at a glance

On 12 May news emerged that organisations - including the NHS - had been hit by a ransomware attack. Called WannaCry the malware went on to affect nearly 50 NHS trusts. Around the globe, over 200,000 machines were taken down across 150 countries. Governments, businesses and hospitals were crippled. The recovery has now begun.

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