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20 May 2017, 03:15 | Myron Mathis
Rob Whiteman, CIPFA chief executive said: "The NHS ransomware attack needs to be a stark reminder for all government organisations to ensure IT security is optimal, regularly reviewed and upgraded, and given the resources to match our reliance on digital systems".
It also asked patients with pre-booked GP appointments to "please bring with you any medications, letters or paperwork you already have".
BLOOD tests will resume at hospitals across mid Essex following the NHS cyber attack last week.
A spokesman said: "Our understanding is that if that had been acted on it would have prevented [the malware attack]".
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was monitoring the situation closely.
"The work carried out by staff and partners over the weekend was no mean feat so we would like to offer our honest thank you to everyone involved".
"The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has been engaging with Australian businesses and industry sectors over the weekend to ensure they are aware of the threat and have taken appropriate measures", the agency said in a statement. With everyone expecting a second spike in cyber attacks he said it was "encouraging" that no fresh attacks were conducted.
At present, patients are being advised to still turn up to their scheduled appointments, and while the NHS systems can not confirm details of them, they are doing their best to instil as little inconvenience as possible.
Seeming to have everything in hand, the attention now diverts to who is to blame for these attacks, with large organisations needing to work in a proactive rather than reactive manner when it comes to protecting their data.
Hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the British National Health Service were infected on Friday, forcing them to send patients to other facilities.
Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee, Ms Rudd said more than a million patients had been treated in the course of Monday.
She told MSPs: "At the moment we understand mainly Windows 2007 and Windows 2003 devices were affected and only a small number of Windows XP devices were affected".
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