Upgrading to the very latest Windows operating systems, to reduce the risk of continued exposure to ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that hit the NHS over the weekend, should not demand any new capital spending, said enterprise Windows deployment product provider OneDeploy. Furthermore, this upgrade work, complete with deployment of the very latest security patches, can be completed across a vast range of types and ages of device in a matter of hours, remotely and without tying up significant in-house IT resources.
It means that this much-needed security hardening work can be paid for out of the NHS’ operational expenditure – contrary to arguments being put forward by many commentators in the national newspapers and broadcast media this morning.
This is the message from the head of Windows Deployment provider OneDeploy Limited, Mike Davies, whose company provides a unique, build-based, remote Windows deployment and upgrade offering.
OneDeploy makes light work of remote Windows deployments across even the largest enterprise, legacy and new, hardware estates. It has already been used successfully by public sector bodies as well as blue chip enterprises such as David Lloyd Leisure, Berry Bros. and Rudd, and Day Lewis Pharmacy group.
Mike Davies, managing director, OneDeploy said:
“The NHS does not need to spend a fortune on new hardware or mass upgrades to Windows 10 tomorrow to keep all current hardware secure from future cyber-attacks.
“We need to nail the lie being peddled by many large IT hardware distributors and vendors that, in order to keep IT working well in cash-strapped public sector organisations, you need to have the latest hardware in order to run the latest operating systems running on all devices.
“We work with many companies which have a diverse mix of hardware, using different drivers and applications according to operational requirements of a specific group of users. We help large firms upgrade to a new operating system on existing legacy devices in their own time, while often deploying the latest operating systems on new devices in a different part of the organisation which demands that.”
OneDeploy is a highly mature Windows deployment solution designed to help companies support a range of old and new desktop and mobile devices, migrating them to new operating systems, including Windows 10, all with minimal to zero engineer ‘attended time’.
No matter what hardware or form factor you use, or how many machines or mobile devices are involved, OneDeploy delivers a sophisticated, yet fully-automated, Windows user experience through even the largest Windows deployments, allowing you to:
- Reduce Windows deployment times by as much as 80% compared to what IT departments are used to
- Avoid hardware vendor lock-in often associated with inflexible imaging solutions
- Avoid constantly playing catch-up as standard images quickly become out of date, creating cycles of repair after OS upgrades, leading to loss of user productivity and frustration
- Enable remote deployments in remote / branch locations
- Create brand consistency across your network
- Ensure corporate IT security levels are maintained everywhere
Notes to Editors:
A Freedom in Information enquiry by RES published in February found that 88 of the UK’s 260 NHS trusts had been hit by ransomware between mid-2015 and the end of 2016. Imperial College Healthcare suffered 19 attacks in 12 months. When Papworth Hospital was hit in autumn 2016, its four IT staff worked from 1am to 9pm on a Sunday to restore the systems from backups; it had no budget to pay the ransom (and wouldn’t want to). “If we’d been doing a heart operation on a Sunday, it would have been a huge problem,” Jane Berezynskyj, Papworth’s IT director, later said.