Ultimately we have to re-stabilise NHS IT following the WannaCry malware attack and ensure it’s totally bulletproof from now on.
That’s the practical message from SynApps Solutions’s Head of Healthcare, Gary Britnell, who’s taken a sobering look at the situation the NHS is left in after this month’s malware attack that left many Trusts and GP surgeries offline.
This is a problem that needs the joint, smart thinking and collaboration of the NHS, the Department of Health and the supplier base, he says.
The key to that stabilising process has to be modernisation. It’s definitely time to upgrade hospital architecture, he argues, while better adherence to standards and great software design will help.
A key player here could be ECM-powered NHS content platforms, he says, as ECM version control, encryption at rest to stop unauthorised access will promote better security and reliability of healthcare systems across the board.
Finally, ECM content is stored in the server and separated from the desktop, which always helps guard against intrusion like WannaCry.
Find out in more detail here how ECM can help prevent future NHS ransomware crises