Govt downplays cyber war chest

13-Sep-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 11:58 AM Print This Post

Public Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul says a 1.9 billion-baht budget request to procure the technology and expertise needed to protect hospital databases against hackers only at the discussion stage at the moment.

The public health minister was yesterday fielding media questions about the sum proposed by his deputy Sathit Pitutecha.

He said he had instructed his deputy to focus on solving immediate problems and suggested hospitals back up their data as much as possible.

The move comes after Saraburi Hospital on Wednesday reported that its computer system had been infected by ransomware.

As of now, the hospital’s system is still down, although no data is believed to have been stolen.

Anutin said the ministry and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society would work together to install measures to counter cyber-attacks at hospitals.

Anutin said the budget would only be allocated if an entirely new system was needed. Strengthening existing networks would be preferable where possible.


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