Health data security gets £20m booster from Leeds-based NHS Digital

Dan Taylor.
Dan Taylor.

Bosses at Leeds-based NHS Digital have announced a £20m cyber security project.

The Security Operations Centre will share threat intelligence with relevant contacts in the health and care sector.

It will also provide on-site assessments for NHS organisations as well as specialist support in the event of a suspected cyber security incident.

NHS Digital’s Dan Taylor said: “The Security Operations Centre will enhance NHS Digital’s current data security services that support the health and care system in protecting sensitive patient information.

“The partnership will provide access to extra specialist resources during peak periods and enable the team to proactively monitor the web for security threats and emerging vulnerabilities.

“It will also allow us to improve our current capabilities in ethical hacking, vulnerability testing and the forensic analysis of malicious software, and will improve our ability to anticipate future vulnerabilities while supporting health and care in remediating current known threats.”

NHS Digital employs around 2,000 people at its four sites in Leeds.

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The platform aims to highlight the giant strides being made by a sector that boasts around 3,000 organisations in Leeds.