The Chartered Institute of IT has joined forces with the Patient’s Association, the Royal College of Nursing, BT and Microsoft to produce a blueprint that outlines steps NHS trusts should take to avoid another crippling cyber-attack.
Microsoft ? Dump the losers! With the money NHS spends on MS licensing alone, they could fund a NHS distro, including kernel hackers. I would go for a support team, a bunch of kernel hackers, and a few devs working for the chosen distro ... s/b roughly 10 times cheaper.
I imagine the discussion:
NHS: So Mr Slurp, what can we do to avoid this ?
Slurp: Well, Windows 10, Office 365, OneDrive, no more problems.
NHS: Oh, Ok, and how much would that be ?
Slurp: Ohh, it's cheaper, much cheaper, because we get access to all your data and sell it on, as much as possible.
NHS: Even patient records ?
Slurp: Yeah, we are already selling the details of every French secondary/college student, but that time, we paid them 30 million ... you see, we have the private personal details of every single kid in secondary school/college in France (including French overseas).
NHS: Ohh, ok, well, our patient data is surely worth more than that, right ?
Slurp: Oh, no, here, we are talking kids who will be adults, we get a whole generation ... you have mostly ill people, about to die ... not that interesting ... besides, Ripoff Britain, heard of that ?
NHS: Well, Ok then ...