NZ District Health Board Attack Slows 5 Hospitals

BACKGROUND:

New Zealand’s Waikato District Health Board confirmed on May 18th that it is addressing a “cyber security incident” and was experiencing full outage of its information systems, impacting the district’s hospitals and health services which are currently operating without IT support. An expert with Gurucul offers perspective.

Experts Comments

May 20, 2021
Saryu Nayyar
CEO
Gurucul

Yet another organization suffers a full shutdown because someone opened an infected attachment in a phishing email. This underscores the importance of user education in your cyber defense arsenal. If you don’t have an effective defense-in-depth cyber security stack, you can still avert many attacks with continuing education. Everyone everyday needs to be reminded that their individual actions can have devastating ramifications. Keeping best practices top of mind will hopefully prevent users

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Yet another organization suffers a full shutdown because someone opened an infected attachment in a phishing email. This underscores the importance of user education in your cyber defense arsenal. If you don’t have an effective defense-in-depth cyber security stack, you can still avert many attacks with continuing education. Everyone everyday needs to be reminded that their individual actions can have devastating ramifications. Keeping best practices top of mind will hopefully prevent users from opening attachments from people they don’t know no matter how urgent the accompanying message.

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