NHS Test and Trace announced recently that an early-stage UK based company will be placed in charge of their supply chain cybersecurity risks moving forward.
Putting Forth the Ledger
The company, Risk Ledger, was part of the government-backed London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) to promote cyber scaleups, and will now allow NHS Test and Trace onto its social network platform.
By using this platform, organizations can share risk data in a more secure setting much quicker, helping them to connect and operate more safely. This has come as a crucial step for the UK Test and Trace service, which continues to share highly sensitive data in combating the spread of COVID-19 at the ease of lockdown.
The platform operated by Risk Ledger will provide complete visibility for NHS Test and Trace of its supply chain, which also includes data required to identify, measure and mitigates any potential cyber threats that will present themselves.
Supply Chain Risks
Securing supply chains has had a much more important role following the onset of high profile incidents that have occurred over the last year, particularly the SolarWinds attacks towards the end of 2020. There have been many privacy and data protection concerns about the creation of the NHS Test and Trace system and its official app, and the contract with Risk Ledger is going some way to ease the fears of the public.
Risk Ledger is the winner of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Most innovative UK Cyber SME of the Year’ award in May 2021.
Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital infrastructure laid some fears to rest by informing that the government is working dedicated to securing the nation online and growing the UK’s cybersecurity industry, valued at £8.9bn, following the global pandemic. By working with SMEs to develop innovative products and services, the support poured into Risk Ledger is helping to support the national effort against coronavirus.
Emerging Bad Actors
NHS Test and Trace is the biggest start-up in the UK healthcare market currently, and with healthcare organizations and their supply chains handling lots of highly sensitive data which are gold mines for potential hackers and threat actors, there is expected to be many cybercriminals wanting to breach the data for their ends.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, a large number of bad actors have actively targeted supply chains to disrupt accessing data. Taking advantage of the ability to provide enhanced visibility of supply chain risks, NHS Test and Track and Risk Ledger find themselves as perfect partners in providing safety of this highly sensitive information.