NHS Digital plan for new Cyber Security platform

Published on: 17 Aug 2020

The technology services provider for England’s NHS has set up a cyber BI&R function within its Data Security Centre and has now launched a procurement for support in the beta phase of creating the platform.

They have said they want to build the platform to help teams make decisions based on consistently presented data rather than intuition.

The work is expected to take up to a year and a budget has bee set of between £1 and £1.5 million.

The procurement notice says the BI&R function provides intelligence led improvements in security and a view of system risk across the NHS. However, there is a problem with healthcare organisations running on disparate data sources with different business intelligence requirements and cyber related information such as firewalls logs, policy exceptions and asset registers is not organised or presented in a consistent way. This makes it difficult for their security teams to contribute to BI.

NHS Digital has already run discovery and analysis phases and is due to complete the alpha phase next month. While it has been working with a strategic supplier on the project, the market notice says none of the supplier’s team will remain in place for the beta phase.