DCN May 2017 - Page 4

data centre news Group Editor Russell Drury russell@allthingsmedialtd.com News Editor Claire Fletcher claire.fletcher@allthingsmedialtd.com Group Advertisement Manager Kelly Byne – 01634 673163 kelly@allthingsmedialtd.com Advertisement Manager Francesca Brisk – 01634 673163 francesca@allthingsmedialtd.com Studio Manager Ben Bristow – 01634 673163 ben@allthingsmedialtd.com Designer Jon Appleton jon@allthingsmedialtd.com Business Support Administrator Carol Gylby – 01634 673163 carol@allthingsmedialtd.com Managing Director David Kitchener – 01634 673163 david@allthingsmedialtd.com Accounts 01634 673163 susan@allthingsmedialtd.com Head office & Accounts: Suite 14, 6-8 Revenge Road, Lordswood, Kent ME5 8UD T: +44 (0)1634 673163 F: +44 (0)1634 673173 Editorial Office: Alexander House, 38 Forehill, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4AF F: +44 (0)1634 673173 The editor and publishers do not necessarily agree with the views expressed by contributors nor do they accept responsibility for any errors in the transmission of the subject matter in this publication. In all matters the editor’s decision is final. Editorial contributions to DCN are welcomed, and the editor reserves the right to alter or abridge text prior to publication. © Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. 4 | May 2017 A nother month and yet another cyber attack. This time it was the NHS which suffered a global ransomware attack, which resulted in operations being cancelled, ambulances being diverted and documents such as patient records made unavailable in England and Scotland. Computers at hospitals and GP surgeries in the UK were among tens of thousands hit in almost 100 countries by malware that appeared to be using technology stolen from the National Security Agency in the US. It blocks access to any files on a PC until a ransom is paid. We can but hope that the recent opening of the National Cyber Security Centre will help to alleviate future threats, but it’s clear that this is going to be an ongoing battle. The latest attack was of course seized upon by both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who blamed the crisis on the Conservative government’s failure to upgrade hospital computers. The term ‘political football’ has (excuse the pun) been kicked around for far too long now and has sadly Russell Drury, editor become a cliché as far as the NHS is concerned. There has been too many promises and very little action in elections past and the cyber attack could be a worrying sign of things to come. The next issue of DCN will come out a few weeks after the General Election and we can only hope that whoever has been voted into power gets a grip on the situation as a matter of priority. A short while back I was contacted by ‘Ian’ from GCHQ who was keen to start writing some editorial for us after working with data centres for quite some time. I had the pleasure of meeting Ian a couple of months ago when he hosted a seminar at Data Centre World in London. I’m now pleased to say he’s written an excellent article (page 32) in which he looks at whether there is ‘life after legacy’. Also in this issue, we have a special feature on Design and Facilities Management, and Conor McGrath of Retarus talks to us in the Meet Me Room. Thank you for reading and if you have any opinions on any of the topics discussed please write to russell@allthingsmedialtd.com. @DCNMag www.datacentrenews.co.uk