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Cyber Associates Network

NHS Digital and NHSX have established a network of cyber security expertise across public-sector health and care. Find out more about the network.

About the Cyber Associates Network

The Cyber Associates Network (CAN) is available to NHS and social care organisations.

CAN members benefit from enhanced knowledge-sharing, professional development and networking with peers in health and care.

Members also have the chance to influence national cyber security across the system by supporting NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre (DSC) and NHSX in developing new products, services, policies and strategies.

Benefits of joining the network

The Cyber Associates Network is aimed at professionals with responsibility for or an interest in cyber security, including board members, IT leads, security professionals and cyber tech experts. Membership is free and offers a range of benefits, which include:


Opportunities to shape and influence the cyber-security landscape by sharing best practice, lessons and advice.

Invitations to CAN-only seminars and events where you will have the opportunity to network with other members.

Access to the secure CAN workspace and online discussion forum, where members can share, learn and meet virtually.


Advanced access to new and enhanced cyber-security products, services and innovations.

Opportunities to pilot, test and develop DSC initiatives to build future cyber products, tools and services.


Priority access to personal and professional development opportunities.

Develop the CAN as a peer-led network, as well as support CAN sub-groups locally.


Support and guidance through our cyber security support model to help identify, fix and embed cyber security within your organisation, in addition to our threat monitoring and intelligence services.

Opportunities to give feedback about how we can improve the services we offer.

What we need from you

Membership benefits outweigh your level of commitment, but we do expect members to:

  • commit to sharing good practice and lessons-learned across the network, both regionally and nationally
  • support the development of cyber security across the system by acting as our critical friend, through testing, offering ideas and providing relevant feedback
  • encourage advocacy, and build a robust network of the right contacts, ready to work collaboratively in any future cyber security crisis
  • encourage personal development and formal qualifications to build a highly-skilled cyber workforce

New members

We're always on the lookout for new members so, if you have other colleagues who may be interested in joining the Cyber Associates Network, please get in touch by emailing

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Last edited: 30 April 2020 8:23 am