Microsoft will help NHS Digital protect healthcare organisations from cyber-attacks through a new partnership which makes use of the software giant’s Threat Detection Service.
Organisations that enable the service will able to receive targeted alerts about threats to their IT systems, including a full description of the problem and advice on how to fix it.
Microsoft’s Enterprise Threat Detection Service can detect issues on organisational networks and trace them all the way to individual machines and devices.
The contract for the service was agreed following a successful pilot with NHS Digital and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.
The service has already been deployed on over 30,000 machines in health and care settings in England, including hospital trusts and GP practices, NHS Digital said.
NHS Digital already provides cyber security support for healthcare organisations, including advice and threat intelligence services delivered through its CareCERT unit.
It has also developed a peer to peer alerting system dubbed the bat signal, which provides immediate alerts about cyber security incidents and facilitates the sharing of information on how to respond.
NHS Digital will invest £20m in hiring expert security specialists from outside of the organisation to test and support the defences of its security operations centre.
NHS Improvement was recently told that implementing just one recommendation included in an NHS England draft report on learning from the WannaCry cyber-attack would cost £1 billion.