150 million will be spent on NHS cyber security over the next three years reducing the impact of an attack, announced the Department of Health and Social Care.The department has announced a new multi-million pound Microsoft security package that will ensure all health and care organisations can use the most up-to-date software with the latest security settings.Under the new security plan, NHS Digital will have near real-time capability to respond to cyber-attacks. Systems will have increased resilience to attacks, and unsupported Microsoft systems in the NHS will be a thing of the past.Cyber attacks are a real and growing threat to healthcare organisations, and they have become a top priority for the UK Government. On May 12, 2017, the WannaCry cyber-attack affected a wide range of countries and sectors, including at least 80 out of 236 NHS trusts and a further 603 primary care and other organisations, including 595 out of 7,454 general practices.Since 2017, the Government has invested 60 million to address key cyber security weaknesses. Organisations across the industry have commended the increased investment for the next three years, which will enable NHS Trusts to benefit from enhanced security intelligence.

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