Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , Events , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Cybersecurity Lessons Learned From Latest NHS Hospital Hits

Focus on Cyber Hygiene and Crisis Management, Says Acacium's Andrew Cooke
Andrew Cooke, director of information security services, Acacium Group

The latest ransomware attack that led to pathology service outages at multiple London hospitals underscores the need for more robust healthcare sector security measures. In the wake of the attack, Andrew Cooke, director of information security services at Acacium Group, discussed the importance of communication, threat hunting and continuous training to bolster security and resilience.

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Acacium, a leading healthcare delivery partner, has ramped up its threat-hunting activities and communication efforts to safeguard against potential compromises, Cooke said. This proactive approach is essential in ensuring the security and integrity of systems connected to the NHS and other critical infrastructure.

"We have asked our security operations center to increase their surveillance, looking for indicators of compromise and understanding who the attacker group is, so we can start putting some defenses around it," he said (see: London Hospitals Seek Biologics Backup After Ransomware Hit).

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe 2024, Cooke also discussed:

  • How regular cybersecurity training and ensuring compliance with certifications help maintain robust cybersecurity practices and readiness;
  • How to manage and demonstrate compliance in supply chains to ensure all third-party suppliers meet cybersecurity standards;
  • How effective communication helps raise awareness and improve response strategies.

Cooke has more than 30 years of experience in information security management, project management, PRINCE2, ITIL and network security. At Acacium Group, he delivers a program of security improvements across the business and extends those improvements into new and future acquisitions.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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