Waikato DHB warned a cyber attack ‘catastrophic for patient safety’

Natalie Akoorie reports:

The Waikato District Health Board was warned its IT security was inadequate and severely compromised just months before a massive ransomware attack that brought Waikato Hospital to its knees.

The internal cyber security document dated December last year also warned that a lack of training meant staff posed an unintentional threat to its systems.

However, Waikato DHB said the strategy was only a draft that was part of a wider digital strategy about to be heard by the DHB’s commissioners when hackers struck on May 18.

Read more of the draft report’s findings on Stuff.

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