The NHS will now receive “free-to-adopt, world-class” perimeter security services thanks to NHS Digital signing a contract with Accenture. These new services will build on the current offer from the Data Security Centre so that NHS organisations will be able to better secure and manage all of the digital networks they operate and use.
In addition, expert security specialists within the NHS will now have an even broader view of cyber threats across the estate, allowing them to spot and respond quickly to emerging problems, while also reducing cyber risks.
The contract was procured by NHS Digital, working with the National Cyber Security Centre and NHSX, and will provide hospital trusts and other care settings with the chance to gain free, leading-edge perimeter security features including next generation firewalls, secure filtering for web content, network intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, data loss prevention and secure DNS services.
Rob Shaw, deputy CEO of NHS Digital, said: “This deal is great news for NHS organisations. This is cutting-edge technology that will help keep patient information and NHS systems safe at no cost to local organisations. For us, the more organisations that join, the better we will be able to see what’s happening across the estate. This means that we will be able to monitor for threats more effectively, supporting the NHS to increase data security and helping to provide safer care for patients.”
Niamh McKenna, UK health sector lead at Accenture, responded: “We’re delighted to be supporting NHS Digital in this important journey. Security threats are ever-more present in our increasingly connected world so it follows that enabling the safe and secure use of information within and outside the NHS is of paramount importance.”
Accenture will also be using technology provided by Palo Alto Networks and Imperva.
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