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Cyber-security highlighted in business continuity threat assessments

Cyber-security threats are the highest priority in most, if not all, business continuity threat assessments. The recent attack has reminded us how vulnerable many of us and our business are:

Sharing the Guardian’s closing summary of today’s main developments in the ransomware attack of Friday 12 May 2017:

* Amber Rudd, the UK home secretary, said after chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee that 48 of the 248 NHS trusts in England were affected by Friday’s cyber-attack, with all but six now back to normal.
* Companies and organisations in almost 100 countries, including Nissan’s plant in Sunderland and Renault factories, were affected by the cyber-attack.
* Theresa May said there was “no evidence” that NHS patient records had been compromised in what Europol has described as an “unprecedented” attack.
* Labour has accused Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, of ignoring “extensive warning signs” that could have prevented the attack on the NHS.
* The UK-based cybersecurity researcher who halted the global spread of the ransomware attack by registering a garbled domain name hidden in the malware has warned the attack could be rebooted.
* The criminals behind the cyber assault appear to have raised just $20,000 (£15,500) from their demands for bitcoin in return for decrypting files, experts told the Guardian.



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