The government slashed NHS IT security contract despite warnings it would leave systems vulnerable to cyberattack

The UK government were repeatedly warned that NHS IT isystems were running on outdated operating systems that were vulnerable to attack, yet failed to ensure they were protected.

Freedom of Information requests last sumer revealed that trusts across the country were still using Windows XP, despite a government contract with Microsoft to update protections for the system having expired a year earlier.

The Government Digital Service, established by David Cameron , failed to extend a £5.5million one-year support deal with Microsoft, or to secure a replacement package.

The government were aware of the problem as early as 2014, with the Cabinet Office writing to NHS trusts that they should “clearly understand the risk” of being left unprotected.


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Source: Business Insider UK