Hospitals across the country were forced to turn away patients due to the cyberattacks.
Britain’s defence minister Michael Fallon has disclosed that the country is spending $64 million (50 million pounds) on improving the security of the National Health Service’s computer systems while warning that the institutions faced cyber threats.
During an interview on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Fallon stated under Prime Minister Theresa May, the British government had identified cyber threats to be the top three greatest threats to the country.
“We set aside 1.9 billion pounds to protect us better against cyber and a large chunk of that went to the NHS,” said Fallon after a cyberattack forced many hospitals in the country to turn away patients.
“We are spending around 50 million pounds on the NHS cyber systems to improve their security, we’ve encouraged the NHS trusts to reduce their exposure to the weakest system, the Windows XP … and there is money available to strengthen these systems,” said Fallon.