Ben Gummer minister responsible for cyber security failings at NHS

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    Little known to many, Ben Gummer Minister for the Cabinet Office includes responsibilities of public sector efficiency and reform (making cuts), the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure, digital transformation of government, cyber security and UK statistics. Ben knows how to spin figures… he recently lowered unemployed Claimant Count figures in Ipswich by only including the older Jobseekers Allowance rather than the recent Universal Credit replacement.

    Former Ipswich MP, Ben Gummer, suffered a major blow in popularity last week when selected NHS Trusts were infected with Ransomware delivered via an NSA Windows XP exploit (no one opening up emails or clicking on dodgy links). Up until then Ben Gummer was favourite to win the Ipswich seat writing the Conservative manifesto and even got his marketing materials out early in the form of Ben’s Bulletin whilst Labour have been very quiet pre-manifesto launch. I don’t expect the voting to be close between the top two runners but who gets the most votes could change at a moments notice. It could all be decided in the last few days.

    Ben has been relatively lucky Tory supporter newspapers have let him off the hook to avoid scandal surrounding the Conservative manifesto and others not being aware it was his remit. Ben knew of the early General Election – we didn’t expect him to have told anyone – and he knows he hasn’t done enough; relying on the “Strong and Stable leadership” of the overall party to get votes in Ipswich may wear thin over the next few weeks especially if new scandals come to light. Losing the Stronger In (Remain) campaign for the EU referendum last year will still be in his mind. He has spent far too much effort on a vanity bridge project that most people are against especially with the costs of such a project.

    Ben Gummer is under pressure, his warm-up campaign consisting of being interviewed by Suffolk ONE students and meeting a few residents down the pub (Ben in the Pub) in the evening should have been a walk-in-the-park but a depressed Ben selfie was uploaded to Twitter with an attempt at a fake smile. No doubt feeling the backlash to the NHS Cyber Attack. A free fix was released 2 months ago and 66 warnings were ignored. As the NHS gets debated his performance of health minister will come into question, as will his role in making austerity cuts to services. Ben is hoping that Sandy doesn’t win over the voters.

    #NHSCyberAttack NHS Trust Ransomware Ben Gummer cyber security minister

    Here is hoping Ben will soon be able to smile again, whether as victory for the Ipswich seat or confidence in Brexit.

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    Ben Gummer, minister for Cabinet, says in an article for The Telegraph that “large quantities of sensitive data” held by the NHS and the Government is being targeted by hackers.

    He warns that cyber attackers, including those working for foreign states, could try to “disrupt” Britain’s energy, water and transport networks.

    It comes as the Government today unveils plans to spend £1.9billion on enhancing Britain’s cyber security, amid concerns that “everywhere from the living room to the board room is exposed to malicious hackers”.

    Mr Gummer says today: “No longer the stuff of spy thrillers and action movies, cyber attacks are a reality and they are happening now. Our adversaries are varied: organised criminal groups, ‘hactivists’, untrained teenagers and foreign states.

    “Attacks can cause economic damage, erode public trust in online services and by enabling fraud do real harm to individuals, their property and their privacy.

    “The Ukrainian attack shows the potential for the most worrying scenario: cyber attacks by sophisticated actors designed to disrupt essential services, like energy, water and transport networks.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/31/nhs-at-risk-of-cyber-attacks-minister-says-as-he-warns-hackers-a/

    Speaking about the threat to the health service, Mr Gummer said: “The Government has a clear responsibility to ensure its own systems are cyber secure. We hold and the rest of the public sector – including the NHS – hold large quantities of sensitive data and provide online services relied on by the whole country.”

    He says that “every one of us” needs to take greater responsibility for protecting themselves from cyber hackers.

    “We as citizens also need to take basic steps to protect ourselves, by using strong, memorable passwords and keeping software on our computers updated. These practices need to become second nature, like putting on a seatbelt or locking the front door,” he says.


    The largest NHS hospital trust in England has been infected with a virus affecting thousands of sensitive files.

    A message sent to staff at Barts Health Trust on Friday morning warns that the trust’s four hospitals are experiencing a “ransomware virus attack.”

    The victims of blackmail ransomware usually receive phishing messages in an attempt to elicit money in order to restore access to the computer system.

    The trust said it was making “every effort” to avoid disruption to patients treated at its four hospitals in east London: The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and Newham.

    A source at the trust told Health Service Journal that the attack had affected thousands of files on the trust’s Windows XP operating system, and the trust’s file sharing system between departments has been turned off while an investigation takes place.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/13/largest-nhs-trust-hit-cyber-attack/

    The Government also has a clear responsibility to ensure its own systems are secure. We hold and the rest of the public sector – including the NHS – hold large quantities of sensitive data and provide online services relied on by the whole country. We have a solemn responsibility to ensure that we have the best possible cyber security, a duty that becomes all the more important as we modernise our public services to become digital by default. So the Government will from now on ensure that all new digital services are also secure by default, with cyber security built in at the outset.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/11/01/to-secure-our-sovereignty-we-need-to-bolster-our-cyber-defences/

    The NHS is at risk of being plundered for sensitive information at the hands of cyber hackers, a top government official has warned.

    Ben Gummer, minister for the Cabinet officer, said that hacking poses a “clear” threat to the UK’s health care system, its energy supply and its transport networks.

    It came as Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust in East Riding announced yesterday that it was forced to shut down its IT system and declare a “major incident” after being hit by the virus.

    NHS at risk of being plundered by cyber hackers for sensitive information as Chancellor unveils £2bn plan


    The reasons for the announcements in November 2016 was due to these hacks… the largest NHS Trust was hacked in January 2017 through the same ransomware. Ben Gummer made statements including how we must all update computer software, but no action taken at NHS level despite continued attacks on the old technology used. Ben Gummer has to be held accountable for this.

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