NHS Test and Trace selects Risk Ledger to strengthen cyber defences

Through partnering with Risk Ledger, the NHS Test and Trace service is looking to take proactive measures to mitigate the increasing risks that the NHS and other critical national infrastructure organisations face from supply chain cyber attacks.

The Risk Ledger platform will aid the UK government-funded service in managing cyber security risks in their supply chain at speed for a cost estimated to be at least 60% cheaper than traditional solutions.

Test and Trace, established to track and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England, will look to leverage Risk Ledger’s secure ‘social network’, allowing organisations to connect and share risk data securely, quickly, and easily.

This gives organisations like NHS Test and Trace more visibility of their supply chain, as well as a comprehensive set of data to identify, measure and mitigate supply chain security risks at scale.

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“The government is working tirelessly to secure the nation online and grow the UK’s £8.9 billion cyber security industry as we build back better from the pandemic,” said Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman MP.

“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.”

Haydn Brooks, CEO and co-founder of Risk Ledger, 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.”

Risk Ledger, a member of the UK Government backed London Office of Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) programme, was recently recognised in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport’s ‘Most Innovative UK Cyber SME of the Year’ competition in May.

Its client base includes BAE AI, City of London Police, Telenor, and ASOS.

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Aaron Hurst

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