NHS Digital is aiming to prevent another WannaCry ramsomware attack, which brought chaos to the organisation back in 2017, by signing a five-year contract with Accenture to provide cyber security services for health service organisations in England.
The contract is estimated to be worth about £40 million and was sealed in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre and NHSX, the digital policy unit within the Department of Health & Social Care.
NHS bodies will now get free access to the services, including "next generation" firewalls, secure filtering for web content, network intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, data loss prevention and secure domain name system services.
Accenture will use technology provided by cyber security specialists Palo Alto Networks and Imperva in providing the service.
NHS Digital deputy chief executive Rob Shaw said: “This deal is great news for NHS organisations. This is cutting edge technology that will help keep patient information and NHS systems safe, at no cost to local organisations. For us, the more organisations that join, the better we will be able to see what is happening across the estate.
“This means that we will be able to monitor for threats more effectively, supporting the NHS to increase data security and helping to provide safer care for patients.”