NHS systems ‘returning to normal’ after global attack, says Scottish Government

There has been no spike in cyber incidents affecting computer systems in Scotland since organisations returned to work today, the Scottish Government said. Its resilience committee met again today following what is thought to be the largest ever global cyber attack on Friday. The meeting heard that:

  • The attack largely affected NHS systems in Scotland and across the UK
  • Health boards have put extra teams in place to support staff returning to work
  • Approximately 1% of computers in the NHS in Scotland were affected by the attack
  • Work has taken place to recover the systems
  • The priority has been to maintain patient safety has been maintained and to ensure that patient data is not compromised
  • The Scottish Government wrote to all NHS boards on 21 February this year reminding them of the importance of cyber security and asking them to review the resilience of their systems and assurance around their backup procedures.
  • Health Secretary Shona Robison is due to make a Parliamentary statement on the attacks.

“Systems are returning to normal today and I would like to thank NHS staff for their hard work over the weekend,” said Robison. “It is important to emphasise that patient safety is paramount and there is no evidence that patient data has been compromised. However, Friday’s attack has highlighted the need for everyone to have appropriate and robust measures in place to protect against cyber-attacks which could strike any IT system at any time. Police Scotland are investigating the attack, working closely with the National Crime Agency which is leading the UK-wide law enforcement investigative response.”

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