Joshua Goddard, a digital expert at 7Safe – the technical security and cyber education business unit – that is part of PA Consulting Group, was commended by Hertfordshire Constabulary Chiefs in an awards ceremony held at PA’s Cambridge Technology Centre yesterday (13 July 2017), for the pivotal role he played in defending local NHS hospitals from cyber-attack.
As well as his full time role at 7Safe, Joshua has been a Special Constable since September 2016. In this role, Joshua supports the Safer Neighbourhood and Intervention teams, utilising his cyber skills to help tackle cyber-crime and attacks on public services.
During the recent WannaCry ransomware attack, Joshua used his cyber skills to help restore services in NHS hospitals across Hertfordshire. He worked alongside other Special Constables and Regular Officers by checking the systems for infection and preventing further infection by patching those areas that were clean.
For his work in protecting local systems, Joshua was presented with a citation by Special Constabulary Chief Officer for Hertfordshire, Mark Kendrew.
Commenting on his citation from Hertfordshire Constabulary, Joshua Goddard, digital expert at 7Safe and Special Constable said: “Being able to utilise my cyber skills by protecting local NHS services from the widespread cyber-attack was extremely rewarding. I’m really pleased to be able to accept this award from Hertfordshire Constabulary for keeping services up and running and I look forward to ensuring I continue sharing my cyber knowledge in my role as a Special Constable.”
Special Constabulary Chief Officer for Hertfordshire, Mark Kendrew said: “It is vital that we recognise and celebrate the work of our Special Constables and the role Joshua played in defending key NHS services against the widespread cyber-attack was crucial to maintaining public services in Hertfordshire. The ceremony has given us a chance to say thank you to Joshua for the important role he played and encourage others to consider sharing their skills to support their local community. Becoming a Special Constable brings with it the promise of being involved in something exciting, worthwhile and making a real difference in the local community as well as having the chance to learn new skills and I’d encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more to contact us.”