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Lib Dems demand inquiry into why Tories cut cyber security support

May 14, 2017 1:54 PM
Originally published by South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

Anita DayThe Liberal Democrats have demanded an inquiry into why the Conservatives cut cyber-security support a year ago when it axed a £5.5m deal with Microsoft.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said:

"We need to get to the bottom of why the government thought cyber-attacks were not a risk, when a combination of warnings and plain common sense should have told ministers that there is a growing and dangerous threat to our cyber-security.

"It is worrying that in Amber Rudd we have a Home Secretary in the digital age more suited to the era of analogue. This is not the first time she has looked lost in cyber-space. The government likes to look tough but this is an example of where it has left Britain defenceless. We demand to be told why."

Commenting further Anita Day, Parliamentary candidate for Grantham and Stamford said

"The short-sightedness of this government has had a devastating impact on millions of patients across the country, and here in Lincolnshire, has led to serious disruption at Lincoln, Grantham & Boston Hospitals.

"This government clearly has no understanding of the risks to our cyber-security in the digital age, and it is essential that an enquiry establishes if it is true that this cyber-attack is the result of senseless cost-cutting in the NHS'

The government cut cyber security a year ago: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-cut-security-support-outdated-10413160

The government were aware of the threat:http://uk.businessinsider.com/nhs-cyberattack-ransomware-should-i-attend-my-hospital-2017-5