UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Docs use pen and paper after computers scrambled amid global outbreak

Source: UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

<<UK hospitals have effectively shut down and are turning away non-emergency patients after ransomware ransacked its networks.

Some 16 NHS organizations across Blighty – including several hospital trusts such as NHS Mid-Essex CCG and East and North Hertfordshire – have had their files scrambled by a variant of the WannaCrypt, aka WanaCrypt aka Wcry, nasty. Users are told to cough up $300 in Bitcoin to restore their documents.

Doctors have been reduced to using pen and paper, and closing A&E to non-critical patients, amid the tech blackout. Ambulances have been redirected to other hospitals, and operations canceled.>>

A suitable Disaster Recovery applying field-proven MPO methods are called for in case your IT is struck by fallout from the NSA vulnerabilities and tool-collection that have been dumped by hackers in the open after not being rewarded by solvent buyers.

The missing OPSEC in the US cyber-activities have taken their toll, and we are well advised to protect our systems, with a good measure of security for disaster recovery. If you feel you could do with a suitable DR and incident response plan, and are a NHS entity, call

+44.1617 38 1243 

or ask us for a risk- and cost free telephone audit by one of our executive directors, followed by a workshop and PoC on-site on demand. Our DR/IR solution can save valuable time after rogue patches, ransomware or all kind of nasty cyber-infections.



Big Data, IoT and Healthcare: Part II

In the first part of this blog series, I covered how the healthcare industry can benefit from IoT and Big Data. In this week’s post I’ll take a more in-depth look into the potential security issues associated with Big Data and what the future holds for healthcare IoT.

From cars and hotels, to consumer goods like lightbulbs and watches there is a growing network of everyday objects connected to the Internet.  These sensors and devices generate nonstop streams of data that can improve personal and professional lives in many ways. However, with the billions of data generating devices being used and installed around the globe, privacy and data protection are becoming a growing concern.

Recent attacks by cybercriminals within healthcare sectors demonstrate that companies cannot ignore potential threats in their design or decision making processes. Just last year, as many as 80 million customers of Anthem, the United States’ second-largest health insurance company, had their account information stolen. The hackers gained access to Anthem’s computer system and stole names, birthdays, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses and more. This was the second major breach for the company.

It’s evident that there is a growing need to find a way to effectively manage privacy and security in Big Data. While there are innovative and accessible analyst tools such as MS Polybase and Impala, one of the challenges is hiring and retaining qualified data analysts.  Another challenge is the exponential growth of Big Data and the minimal structure, lack of standardization and lack of willingness to standardize.

So how do we address these challenges?  Businesses across all industries need an extensive platform that can manage both structured and unstructured data with security, consistency and credibility. A great example, and unexpected entrant into this niche market, is the SQL and Hadoop data warehouses offered by Microsoft.  These systems double-check validity, handle all types of data, and scale from terabytes to petabytes with real-time performance.

According to a new report, by 2020, the healthcare IoT market will reach $117 billion. Based on this report, one thing is clear: Aging and remote healthcare is going to be a demographic necessity rather than a mere opportunity. An example of where IoT/Big Data is making a difference is the innovative combination of connected healthcare devices and data sciences, such as fall detection alarms in elderly and home care situations.

As this trend continues, different sectors of the industry will merge and work together in order to deliver advanced digital solutions and embedded devices to the healthcare industry. As Big Data within healthcare IoT continues to grow, it will also lead to more and more job opportunities for developers with a knack for data science, data mining and/or data warehousing. With this need comes an opportunity for new businesses to emerge.

IoT and Big Data represent part of the fourth industrial revolution: The first being steam and mechanical production, the second division of labor, the third electronics and IT and the fourth being interconnected cyber-physical systems.

What does this mean for the healthcare sector? Recently, a company equipped their employees with Fitbit wearables and gathered mining data that was delivered by the wearable. From this experiment, they learned it was possible to reduce insurance premiums by $300k. By using predictive data from sensors and interconnected devices, GPs, hospitals, national health services and the pharmaceutical industry can create meaningful programs that shape the way patients are treated for years to come.

First published here:

LTE for Critical Communications – not yet there.

The 3G4G Blog: LTE vs TETRA for Critical Communications.


Great opinion-piece to read by knowledgeable people.

When dealing with mission critical communications, regardless whether in the public or private sector (think remote healthcare for voice and short data), LTE is not yet where it needs to be.


The 3G4G Blog: LTE vs TETRA for Critical Communications

The 3G4G Blog: LTE vs TETRA for Critical Communications

Could lessons from retail transform the way healthcare works?

CVS has recently rebranded itself as CVS Health. It plans to open 600 new MinuteClinics over the next three years. Previously they just treated minor conditions. Now services are expanding to include preventative health (vaccinations, screenings and so on) as well as the management of chronic conditions.

Can Healthcare indeed learn from retail? Most probably not in the way, Jacob West suggests,

as the healthcare regulations and NHS requirements in the UK are certainly a different kettle of fish from what MinuteClinics and CVS are able to offer.

Yet, there are a number of deficits that are causing heavy costs troubling the UK healthcare system, and the recent spending spree of David Cameron will most probably not tackle. The issue lies -just to name one most trivial example- in arranging and keeping appointments. There is an incredibly high cost associated with appointments not kept, be it by way of negligence on the service-user’s side or shortcomings in the hospital or primary care services.

Scheduling alone wil not resolve the issue, but there are ways to tackle the problem. Roth and Partners have developed an approach that can help hospitals apply methods originating in retail which use cutting edge technologies combined with smart-data (an efficient data mining methodology for location based and movement data).

Be sure to find out about it, we will announce availability soon.