"We have recently invested in upgrading IT to protect potentially vulnerable front-line NHS Wales systems.
"We have also introduced a national standard for IT security for all GP surgeries in Wales."
However as a regular patient to more than one Welsh NHS clinic , i have been amazed that they were are
So were we in Wales saved by astute protection or were lucky that this did not appear in Hospitals throughout Wales?
AS Another Angry Voice points out
The Tories had seven years warning that Microsoft would be turning off security updates on the outdated Windows XP system, however it's been estimated that some 90% of NHS hospitals are still using this outdated operating system.
In 2014 there was the option of a rolling one-year renewal of the protection for NHS systems still using XP but the Tories turned it down in order to save a paltry £5.5 million. As a result the NHS is facing an enormous bill to recover the damage caused by this ransomware attack.
The Tory government sat on their hands and did virtually nothing, leaving the NHS extremely vulnerable to this attack, yet the majority of the press are playing this story as if it's "just one of those things" and refusing to subject Amber Rudd's comments to the critical scrutiny they so thoroughly deserve.
For many using the previous Windows 7 PCs and Windows 8.1 version Windows 10 was offered as Free upgrade for a period but this did not include XP and many waited anyway to make sure any bugs were discovered before upgrading and now costs £119.99 incl. VAT
Below id the Timeline for Windows operating system as you can see newer versions are becoming more frequent with the next appearing om 2020
But why are government agencies using Windows anyway.
The Linux operating system is free to users . Why doesn't the government use this.
It mlargely Virus resistant but this may be due to its low uptake and hackers can't be bothered to attack it.
However surely the Welsh government for instance could come up with an arrangement that they contribute to Linux development financially . whilst using the surplus to create Cyber defences.
Indeed why can't we have a unique Linux system tweaked for NHS use for example.
I honestly don't know whether this is possible or if it could provide better protection fro hackers or if it would eventually prove a financial benifit.
All i;m saying is why not consider it?