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Data Security Centre

We support health and care organisations to manage cyber security risk. This enables the safe and secure use of data and technology to deliver improved patient care.

Top tasks

To report an urgent cyber security issue call 0300 303 5222. For general data security centre queries email

To view the latest cyber security threat intelligence bulletins, visit the CareCERT Information Sharing Portal.  You can access this portal only through N3/TN/HSCN network.

Our services

Cyber threats are constantly evolving and always present, and increasingly digital health and care organisations must remain prepared and ready to respond.

We provide a range of specialist services that help health and care organisations manage cyber risk and recover in the event of an incident:

DSC cyber security support model

The cyber security support model is designed to help your organisation to increase the maturity of its cyber security posture and resilience in line with best practice. 

It will also help you to achieve the mandatory Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation by 2021, as well as aiding Network and Information Systems (NIS) compliance, Data Security Protection Toolkit completion and the well-led section of CQC inspections.

Knowledge and training

We provide knowledge and training to help health and care organisations understand the threat of a data security breach, and to prepare accordingly.

Cyber Associates Network

Creating a network of cyber security expertise across the NHS. Find out more and how to get involved.

Assessment and support

We help health and care organisations to assess their data and cyber security practices and provide support to prepare for and respond to data and cyber security incidents.


We undertake a range of national and local monitoring services, designed to identify vulnerabilities, uncover suspicious behaviour and block malicious activity.

Threat advice and intelligence

We issue a range of cyber security threat notifications to health and care organisations, ranging from weekly threat bulletins to immediate high-severity alerts.

NHS Secure Boundary

NHS Digital's Data Security Centre have partnered with Accenture, Palo Alto Networks and Imperva to build NHS Secure Boundary. Find out more about our perimeter security solution.

Cyber security resources

Latest threat bulletins and alerts

The Data Security Information Sharing Portal provides up-to-date information on known threats to cyber and data security.  You will need an NHS network connection to access this site.

Data Security and Protection Toolkit

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards.

Data Security Knowledge Library

The knowledge library as a resource is currently under review. You will still find important documentation on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) along with a link to the National Cyber Security Centre website for relevant guidance.

Related news

NHS Digital article
20 September 2019
NHS staff are being given support and advice to improve cyber security across the system

Further information

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    Cyber security glossary

    Find a list of common cyber security phrases and terminology, along with an explanation of what they mean.

Last edited: 24 March 2020 2:42 pm