Public sector cyber security needs to fight back

Getting security wrong during the transition from paper to digital could mean a loss of public confidence in new services, argues Graeme Stewart, director of public sector at Fortinet UK&I.

From ransomware attacks against the NHS, to cyber-attacks on parliamentary email accounts, it’s safe to say that it’s been a bad year for cyber security in the public sector. Technology may be one of the UK’s fastest-growing industries, but the public sector is still faced with risks that arise during the transition from paper to digital.

Public sector organisations across every service stand to lose valuable data which is vulnerable to criminals. This can range from high-value research from universities to patient records and even sensitive information shared by government officials. So why is the public sector struggling to prevent cyber-attacks?

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Source: Public Sector Executive