There is a reason why “cyber” is considered a kind of battlefield these days by the military. Air, land, sea, space, and cyber.
Intense, stressful, petrifying: those are just some of the words used to describe what it was to be at the centre of some of the biggest and most high profile cyber attacks to take place over the last year.
The WannaCry ransomware indiscriminately spread to infect organisations around the worldbut its impact was felt particularly harshly by the UK’s National Health Service, with the attack taking hospitals and local clinics offline and leading to the disruption of patient care.
Some parts of the NHS took weeks to return to normal, but in the first hours of the attack, it was up to the organisation’s security and technology teams to figure out what was going on and find a way to counter it.
Dan Taylor, head of security at NHS Digital, was just returning from lunch when it became apparent the NHS was under attack.
“NHS Digital wasn’t affected, we were secure, but monitoring across the NHS network we could see organisations falling over,”