This section details suppliers providing central network services to HSCN. These services will be contracted centrally by NHS Digital to external providers who will deliver the key tools and expertise to ensure the security and stability of HSCN.
HSCN peering exchange services
The HSCN peering exchange connects all HSCN connectivity supplier networks together. This means organisations can share and access services regardless of which HSCN connectivity supplier they use.
The HSCN Peering Exchange service is provided by Redcentric Solutions Limited.
The HSCN Peering Exchange is live and HSCN connectivity suppliers must connect their networks to it as part of achieving their HSCN Stage 2 Compliance.
HSCN Advanced Network Monitoring (ANM) service
The HSCN Advanced Network Monitoring (ANM) service inspects all internet traffic from HSCN connectivity suppliers and instantly blocks any known malicious content. The HSCN ANM is live and HSCN connectivity suppliers must connect their networks to it as part of achieving their HSCN Stage 2 Compliance.
The HSCN ANM service is provided by Capita Business Services Limited.
Advanced Network Monitoring – transition of service
Introducing NHS Secure Boundary
The HSCN Advanced Network Monitoring (ANM) service has protected HSCN internet traffic since go-live of HSCN services in 2017. The contract for the ANM service is due to end within the next few months and HSCN CNSPs have been asked to connect to NHS Digital’s new solution, ‘NHS Secure Boundary’ in order to maintain and enhance protection.
NHS Secure Boundary provides a security solution which offers protection against the most sophisticated network security threats for NHS organisations. This solution is part of a larger programme of work being delivered by NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre (DSC) to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patient data, as well as protecting clinical and business systems from emerging threats.
HSCN CNSPs are working to connect to NHS Secure Boundary by 31 March 2020.
See the NHS Secure Boundary webpages for more information, including its key benefits,
Legacy N3 Continuing Orders Users
You may be aware that there is currently a centrally provided service deployed on the HSCN Transition Network which monitors and reacts to internet traffic providing blocking and protection for legacy N3 services provided to you by BT.
This central capability will soon be ceased and, therefore, during any remaining period that your legacy N3 services exist and are connected to the HSCN Transition Network, your internet traffic will be onward routed to be monitored via the HSCN ANM. This switchover should appear seamless to you and will take place as soon as transition from the HSCN Transition Network service to the HSCN ANM solution can be affected.
Further information will be provided in due course.
HSCN Network Analytics Service partner
The HSCN Network Analytics Services (NAS) monitors the heartbeat of HSCN and identifies any new or anomalous behaviour on any part of HSCN.
NHS Digital can confirm that Computacenter UK Ltd has been successful in the HSCN NAS procurement.
The procurement comprised of two Lots; Computacenter has therefore been awarded the NAS Partner contract for an initial 2-year term, and a contract to supply the materials required to build and scale the NAS for a period of up to 4 years.
The NAS is an in-house NHS Digital capability being established in partnership with Computacenter (UK) Ltd. The NAS is live and HSCN connectivity suppliers are now connecting their networks to it.
HSCN Peering Exchange
The HSCN Peering Exchange Service has been contracted to Redcentric Solutions Ltd.
The Peering Exchange is a critical component of HSCN and allows the interconnection of multiple supplier networks - enabling HSCN consumers using different network suppliers to reliably communicate.
Platform delivery is complete and the Peering Exchange is fully interconnected with the Transition Network.
The HSCN Peering Exchanges are located at:
CN-SPs are recommended to make direct contact with these data centre suppliers to enquire about rack space, cross-connects and backhaul options.
Once suppliers have passed the HSCN stage 1 compliance gate they can apply for a Peering Exchange connection from Redcentric. An application form will be provided by Redcentric upon request. NHS Digital will work with Redcentric to support suppliers with the implementation and testing process.
For more detailed guidance and documentation on the HSCN Peering Exchange please email us at email@example.com.