NHS Test and Trace has teamed up with cybersecurity company Risk Ledger to proactively manage its supply chain cybersecurity risks.
NHS Test & Trace will be utilising Risk Ledger‘s secure ‘social network’ platform, which allows organisations to connect and share data required to identify, measure and mitigate any emerging cyber threats, and will help the NHS achieve complete supply chain visibility.
Other clients of Risk Ledger include the City of London Police, ASOS, BAE AI, and Telenor.
Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure said: “The government is working tirelessly to secure the nation online and grow the UK’s £8.9bn cybersecurity industry as we build back better from the pandemic. We’re helping SMEs develop innovative products and services, and it’s great to see Risk Ledger, one of the firms we’ve supported, win this contract to protect the Test and Trace system and support the national effort against coronavirus.”
The move to strengthen cybersecurity measures has never been more imperative, as the NHS and other critical NHS and other critical national infrastructure organisations face increasing risks from supply chain attacks, including third parties failing to encrypt sensitive data when transferring.
Cyber-attacks on healthcare organisations on the rise, with recent cases including a ransomware attack on Ireland’s public healthcare system, HSE, and the leak of medical records of two major US hospitals.
Risk Ledger CEO and Co-Founder Haydn Brooks commented: “NHS Test and Trace is essentially the biggest new start-up in the UK healthcare market so we are delighted they have chosen to take advantage of our ability to provide enhanced visibility of their supply chain risks. I am proud we will be part of the effort to secure this incredibly important supply chain.
“Healthcare organisations and their supply chains handle lots of highly sensitive data and have a high rate of data breaches. We have already seen during the COVID-19 pandemic that bad actors are actively targeting supply chains to access data and cause disruption.”