Virtualstock and NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has implemented a cybersecurity feature into its NHS online catalogue, Edge4Health; which is designed to improve data management and visibility and cut costs. The procurement platform, which provides over one-million services and products from suppliers, allows NHS buyers to choose which products should be available to order by requisitioners in their organisation and suppliers to upload their complete catalogue
The security feature, developed by Orpheus Cyber, consists of a dial which indicates to the NHS supplier whether their security is strong or weak, so that they can improve on it if required. Suppliers can click on the dial which will download a report providing information on how the suppliers can minimise their vulnerabilities and the specific threats that affect their organisation.
“NHS Online Catalogue ingrates Cybersecurity feature into procurement platform. “
Orpheus’ CEO, Oliver Church, stated: “Supply chain cybersecurity has never been more important. Cyber adversaries of all types are increasingly targeting supply chains as the weak link in order to compromise their ultimate targets. Attacks are becoming more complex, tending to focus not just on stealing data but on permanently deleting or encrypting it.
Furthermore, we frequently see significant damage to customers when suppliers, disabled by cyberattacks, are no longer able to provide vital goods and services – which is potentially very serious when dealing with patient health. Because private data is often distributed through supply chains, a breach of a supplier can easily leak sensitive information, a major concern when dealing with the privacy of patient personal data. Legislation such as the GDPR provides for heavy fines if private data is breached due to poor cyber security. As the only highly accredited cyber-threat intelligence company delivering award winning cyber risk rating, we are delighted that Orpheus has been able to make its technology available to all suppliers on The Edge4Health, helping them to protect themselves and – by extension – the NHS.”
Director of procurement at NHS SBS, Phil Davies, stated: “With £9 billion of annual spend, the NHS has some of the longest and most complex supply chains in the world. Ensuring the security and integrity of these supply chains is a priority for NHS organisations, the government, and suppliers. Enabling suppliers to swiftly check on their current cyber-security status is an important step forward in mitigating the threat posed.”
Co-founder of Virtualstock, Ed Bradley, stated: “In addition to cybersecurity insights for suppliers, NHS trusts also have a view of their buying community cyber risk scoring via The Edge4Health. This type of visibility is likely to become increasingly important as security considerations become ever-more prevalent when organisations take buying decisions.”