All Sectra customers live following recent ransomware attack
Linköping, Sweden and London, UK – May 18, 2017 – International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra (STO: SECT B) reports that all customers in the UK are again operational with Sectra’s IT solutions. No customers outside the UK were affected by the recent ransomware attack.
“I am proud to say that the close partnership we have with all our customers in combination with clear crisis management processes has made this an efficient, although tough journey. We have worked around the clock, also over the weekend, to get systems back up at record times. As a medical IT company with its roots in cybersecurity, we have a big advantage in situations like these,” says Jane Rendall, Managing Director, Sectra Ltd.
Over the weekend of May 12-14, several healthcare organizations in the UK were affected by a ransomware attack. The ransomware delivery campaign spread through a combination of a phishing attack and by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft windows operating systems.
The ransomware had a major impact in the UK. Sectra is one of the four big imaging IT providers in this area, with more than 50 customers including some of the biggest UK trusts. In addition, more than 400 institutions across the UK are connected to Sectra’s service for transferring images between healthcare providers, patients or medico-legal staff, Sectra Image Exchange Portal (IEP).
Sectra was in contact with all customers on Friday May 12 and had, as many other vendors, several systems infected. Sectra's monitoring service provided an overview of the status of most systems and effort could be directed where it was needed the most. Sectra has since Friday, in close co-operation with the healthcare providers themselves, worked to ensure that its customers can begin to operate their systems again. Where needed, infected systems have been rebuilt. The Image Exchange Portal servers are patched with all available security updates at the time of release and were therefore not affected. Sectra will continue to work to support all customers to ensure the security of their systems, following this attack and going forward into the future.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, CEO and President, Sectra AB, +46 705 23 52 27
Mrs. Jane Rendall, Managing Director, Sectra Ltd, +44 1908 673 107
The world needs more efficient healthcare and more secure communication. Sectra plays a key role in meeting these needs. Sectra assists hospitals throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive information. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in Linköping, Sweden, with subsidiaries in 14 countries, and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2015/2016 fiscal year totaled SEK 1,073 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com
In the medical market, Sectra develops and sells IT solutions for the management and communication of all types of medical images – primarily in radiology, mammography, pathology and orthopaedics, as well as other departments where medical images are used. Sectra has a strategic focus on making cancer care more efficient. More than 1,700 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use Sectra’s systems daily. This makes Sectra one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for managing medical images and patient information. The company commands a market-leading position in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, holds a prominent position in the UK and is growing in the US. Sectra has delivered some of the largest installations of medical IT systems worldwide and its systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.