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Data Access Environment set up guide

Find out how to get up and running with the Data Access Environment (DAE).

This guide is intended to help users get up and running with the DAE by providing guidance on:

  • system requirements
  • network configuration
  • setting up two-factor authentication
  • logging in and authenticating

This guidance will be updated as we develop DAE. If you have any suggestions about how to improve this guide, please contact our National Service Desk at ssd.nationalservicedesk@nhs.net.

System requirements

Desktop supported browsers

The desktop browsers that we support are:

  • Google Chrome (any version)
  • Internet Explorer 10 (or later)
  • Safari 5.0 (or later)
  • Firefox 3.5 (or later)
  • Opera 12 (or later)

Mobile and tablet supported browsers

The mobile and tablet browsers that we support are:

  • iOS 5.0 (or later)
  • Android 3.0 (or later)
  • Chrome (any version)
  • Firefox (any version)
  • Network configuration

Firewall settings

The port 443 (TCP outbound) network port will be required to be open on both your local PC firewall (if enabled) and on your network firewall. This port is used to establish the secure connection via a web browser.

Whitelisted URLs

The following URL must be allowed (whitelisted) through your organisations firewall:

https://access.data.digital.nhs.uk

https://auth.idp.data.digital.nhs.uk/auth/realms/DAE/protocol/saml/clients/amazon-aws

Sites using proxy servers may need to add a proxy exception for the service for the connection to be successful. This is especially the case where traffic based on port numbers is separated across different proxy servers.

Setting up two-factor authentication

You will receive an email from NHS Digital containing your username (email address), password and a link to the DAE portal.

1. Go to the DAE homepage.

2. Click 'Log in'.

Image of DAE portal log in screen
3. Enter your username (email address) and password and click Next.

4. The Mobile Authenticator Setup screen will appear.

Image of Mobile Authenticator Setup screen

To access DAE you must set up two-factor authentication. There are two ways of authenticating your account:

Google Authenticator

You will need Google Authenticator on your smartphone to authenticate your DAE session. visit your phone app store and search for ‘Google Authenticator’ to download it.

1. Open the Google Authenticator App on your smartphone.

2. Select BEGIN SETUP.

3. Select Scan barcode. Your smartphone camera will be activated.

Screenshots of Google Authenticator App

4. Point your camera at the Mobile Authenticator Setup screen. Step 4 will now be displayed.

Screenshots of Mobile Authenticator Setup screen on Google app

A 6-digit code will be displayed on your smartphone.

5. Enter the code (promptly) at the bottom of the Mobile Authenticator Setup screen. The code refreshes every 30 seconds.

6. Click Submit.

Screenshot of authentication code on app

7. After clicking Submit, your account will be authenticated.

Authy

The alternative to smartphone authentication is to use Authy on your desktop computer.

Download Authy for your desktop.

Installing as a Chrome add-on

1.    Scroll down to the Chrome section and click on the 'available in the chrome web store' link. 

Screenshot of Authy Chrome add on
2.    Click on Add to Chrome or Available in link. 

Image of downloading Authy from Chrome
3.    Confirm addition by clicking on Add app.

Add Authy confirmation message in Chrome

Wait for the new browser tab showing chrome://apps to appear. 

Installing as a standalone app

1.    Scroll down to the Desktop section.
2.    Select operating system Windows.
3.    Select the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Authy.

Setting up your Authy account 

You now need to set up your account.

Launch Authy by clicking the Authy icon or launching it from Chrome apps in the Windows Start bar.

1.   Select the country code (United Kingdom +44 – these are in numeric order) and enter your phone number - a landline number is accepted.

Image of setting up Authy on Chrome
2.    Click on OK.

3.    Click on Call.

A two-digit registration PIN will be displayed on the screen. The phone number you have provided will be dialled.

4.    Enter the two-digit registration PIN when prompted.

You are now ready to add two-factor authentication.

5.    Log in to Authy and select the ‘+’ icon.

6. Return to the Mobile Authenticator Setup page and click Unable to scan?. 

Image of Chrome Authy authentication set up
A 30-digit code will be displayed.

7.    Copy the 30-digit code. 

Image of 30 digit code
8.    Return to Authy.

9.    Paste the code.

10.    Click on Add Account.

Screenshot of adding code to system
11.    Give the account a name (such as DAE Portal).

12.    Choose a colour from the menu (such as Generic Black).

13.    Ensure the token length is 6-digit.

Screenshot of setting preferences, such as colour
14.    Click Save.

15.    Copy the 6-digit code.

16.    Paste the 6-digit code in the box on Mobile Authenticator Setup page. The code refreshes every 30 seconds.

17.    Click Submit.

Paste the 6-digit code from Authy into the box on Mobile Authenticator Setup page. 
After clicking Submit, your account will be authenticated.

Subsequent logging in and authenticating

1. Open the DAE portal.

2. Click Log in.

Another image of DAE log in screen

3. Enter your username (email address) and password and click Next. The Mobile Authenticator Setup screen will appear.

4. Open your Authenticator App (Google Authenticator or Authy) and enter the code.

5. Click Submit.

Last edited: 27 November 2019 3:36 pm