A solution for monitoring, identifying and alerting NHS IT teams to vulnerabilities that they don’t know exist on their networks has been shortlisted in the category for most promising pilot of the HTN Health Tech Awards.

Four NHS Trusts in the south east have been part of a pilot programme to test and develop a new solution called Kato which has been designed to meet the needs of NHS IT teams to help them protect their IT estate.

Finalists at the Health Tech Awards 2019

Results from the pilot programme suggest that NHS IT teams using Kato could save up to seven hours per week.

Tony Corkett, Chair said, 

“Healthcare, education and public services suffers 58% of all cyber-attack incidents in the UK. The NHS alone is subject to 12,000 attacks a day. Cybercrime is the fastest growing industry in the world and there is no silver bullet. For healthcare the cost per capita of a cyber-attack is nearly double that of financial services. The public sector needs a platform that it can use to defend itself.”

NHS IT teams need to be able to monitor all systems 24/7 from all potential threats. A typical NHS hospital could be running 2,500 PCs, 300,000 total number of applications including their component parts, which can equate to 1,000 unique applications installed. At any one time this organisation could have 1,000s of vulnerabilities.

Mark Bishop, Technical Director explains, 

“When a CIO or IT director receives a vulnerability alert, their IT team then needs to manually check each device and application. To confirm their compliance or risk would require hours of manual labour to both check applications and devices, as well as maintaining spreadsheets of the information they are collating.

“We were supporting the NHS when the WannaCry attack occurred and saw there was a gap in the market for a cyber vulnerability platform that can meet the needs of NHS IT infrastructures and budgets.”

Kato entered a pilot programme in the spring of this year and has been tested in the NHS during the summer. The solution will be available for general release to the NHS this autumn.

James Cooper, Managing Director adds, 

“NHS IT isn't just about new clinical systems but also new systems to help prevent cyber attacks and protect patient data and our infrastructure. The HTN Health Tech Award for most promising pilot is a really fantastic category that recognises the impact of newer technology developments in  health. It's also brilliant to see an  NHS  cyber security solution being recognised in  health tech awards.” 

Awards will be announced on the 3rd October at 7pm.

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