NHS Test and Trace strengthens its cyber defences

British cyber security firm, Risk Ledger, to manage supply chain risk across NHS COVID-19 service

The Government has announced improvements to cyber security within the NHS Test and Trace system. Image, Pete Linforth from Pixabay

NHS Test and Trace has selected British cyber security company, Risk Ledger, to manage cyber security risks in the healthcare supply chain.

Major breaches at Solarwinds and Microsoft in recent months have put the challenge of securing supply chains at the top of the agenda for organisations around the world.

And, as part of a pro-active measure, the Risk Ledger platform will give the NHS all the tools it needs to manage cyber security at speed for a low per-supplier cost - at least 60% cheaper than traditional solutions.

Cyber security risks in the supply chain can include third parties failing to encrypt sensitive data when it is being transferred.

And NHS Test and Trace, established to track and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England, will take advantage of Risk Ledger's key innovation which is its secure ‘social network’ allowing organisations to connect and share risk data securely, quickly, and easily.

We have already seen during the COVID-19 pandemic that bad actors are actively targeting supply chains to access data and cause disruption

This gives the organisation visibility of its supply chain and a comprehensive set of data to identify, measure, and mitigate security risks at scale.

Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman MP, said: “The Government is working tirelessly to secure the nation online and grow the UK's £8.9billion cyber security 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.”

Risk Ledger's client base includes organisations like BAE AI, the City of London Police, Telenor, Schroder's Personal Wealth, and ASOS.

Chief executive and co-founder, Haydn Brooks, said: "NHS Test and Trace is essentially the biggest new start-up in the UK healthcare market, so we are delighted it has chosen to take advantage of our ability to provide enhanced visibility of their supply chain risks.

“Healthcare organisations and their supply chains handle lots of highly-sensitive data and have a high rate of data breaches.

“And we have already seen during the COVID-19 pandemic that bad actors are actively targeting supply chains to access data and cause disruption.”