NHS Digital signs new deal with Microsoft to boost cyber-resilience

"This deal will further bolster protection against cyber security issues in the NHS,” said Dan Taylor, NHS Digital’s Director of Security.

[London, UK] NHS Digital has signed a new contract with Microsoft to strengthen cyber-defence capabilities across the health and care system.

The deal was agreed after a pilot set up with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the fast followers included in the Global Digital Exemplar scheme.

“This marks a step change in our capability to provide high quality, targeted alerts to allow organisations to counter these threats and ensure patients' needs continue to be met."

Microsoft’s Enterprise Threat Detection Service will support NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre in providing targeted alerts in case any risk is identified, offering a 'full description' of the issue and expert advice.

NHS Digital says the service has already been deployed on more than 30,000 devices across the country.

Dan Taylor, NHS Digital’s Director of Security, said: "This deal will further bolster protection against cyber security issues in the NHS.

"It is our role to alert organisations to known cyber security threats and advise them of appropriate steps to minimise risks.

“This marks a step change in our capability to provide high quality, targeted alerts to allow organisations to counter these threats and ensure patients' needs continue to be met."

 

 

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