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About the Data Security Centre

Find out more about the Data Security Centre (DSC), including what we do to help NHS organisations manage and improve their cyber security.

What we do

Working with partners such as the Department of Health and Social Care, NHSX and the National Cyber Security Centre, we offer cyber security support, advice and guidance to NHS organisations, delivered through a range of centrally-funded products and services. 

In doing so, the NHS can remain focused on day-to-day, local operational and clinical priorities and provide safe, effective and efficient patient care. 

Cyber threats are constantly evolving and always present, so digital health and care organisations must remain prepared and ready to respond. We provide a range of specialist services that help NHS organisations manage cyber risk and to recover in the event of an incident. 

We work to ensure that patient data and information is stored in systems that are safe and secure. We do this by providing services, guidance and support to health and care organisations. 

We also

  • monitor security threats to IT systems and networks and help organisations respond to these threats, through defence and incident management 

  • provide the national response to system-wide security incidents 

  • offer information security consultancy and help with security issues in system design and development 

  • provide guidance and advice for people working in health and care 

The Data Security Centre is not a regulator. Instead, we act as an enabler, helping leaders and employees across the system to deliver better data security within their health and care organisations. 

Contact us

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about what we do, email us at cybersecurity@nhs.net.

Last edited: 29 April 2020 9:03 pm