DSP Toolkit – Data Security and Protection Toolkit

DSP Toolkit is a tool that all organisations must use if they have access to NHS patient data and systems.

The DSP Toolkit is a form of security compliance that is required for all organisations and third parties that need to access NHS patient data and systems.

Additionally, any companies that have a role in supporting organisations that require access must also be entirely compliant.

At Creative Networks, we offer a complete support package to help you become compliant before the deadline hits.

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What Is the DSP Toolkit?

The DSP Toolkit (Data Security and Protection) has been created to provide protection and systematic processes for the NHS. This toolkit replaces the NHS Governance toolkit to offer ways of safeguarding data that is resilient against modern threats.

This form of security compliance is required for all organisations and third parties that need to access NHS patient data and systems. Additionally, any companies that have a role in supporting organisations that require access must also be entirely compliant.

How Is the DSP Awarded?

The DSP is awarded via self-assessment. The application must be submitted via the DSP NHS Toolkit website, which includes a whole host of information about the requirements that must be met. An annual requirement, each year, a deadline is released by which date any organisations that interact with NHS data must have completed the self-assessment. The DSP NHS 2023 deadline is June the 30th, 2023.

The process for self-assessment is simple, with a step-by-step guide available once an account is made. It can, however, be a timeless process, so at Creative Networks, we offer a full support package to help you become compliant before the deadline hits.

Why Is the DSP Toolkit Important?

The DSP toolkit is important as it minimises the exposure that NHS organisations face. Allowing patient-sensitive data to be processed with ease also speeds up the administration side of the industry, which is an ongoing cause for concern.

Each standard also covers different areas of NHS operations, meaning that everyone benefits. From staff to IT professionals, the processes encompass daily tasks and all risks to ensure everyone is handed transparent information. 

This not only improves data safety but allows workplace cultures to be improved.

What Does the DSP Toolkit Include?

The standard is unique as the compliance elements will differ depending on the applying organisation’s sector and company type. This ensures that full protection is always available, as we all know that a one-fits-all solution to security compliance is not always the best approach.

Created by NHS professionals with a view of the current and potential threats that this data-enriched organisation faces, the toolkit is made up of the following compliance areas:

Standard One
Personal Confidential Data

Standard one of the DSP states, “All staff ensure that personal confidential data is handled, stored and transmitted securely, whether in electronic or paper form”. 

The NHS is founded on data and security, with patient care paramount. With all sensitive information relating to identity being held on these systems, they must be protected via compliance measures.

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Standard Two
Staff Responsibilities

To meet the needs of this standard, all staff must demonstrate an understanding of their obligations. Covering both patient care and data management, to meet this form of compliance, systems for education and awareness are required to be shown.

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Standard Three
Training

A clear record of all annual training on data security should be available. 82% of cyber attacks are a result of human error, which means that employees have lots of pressure on them to spot any malicious data intentions. This aims to empower teams to know what to look for and work without restrictions.

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Standard Four
Managing Data Access

This standard requires that data access is managed professionally, with only essential staff members and third parties available to view specific information. This applies the ‘least privilege’ principle, which means that everything is treated with complete security in the first instance.

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Standard Five
Process Reviews

A common element in all forms of security compliance, regular reviews must be planned to assess the ongoing suitability of the measures in place.

The standard requires that reviews occur at least once a year and that a clear process for carrying out is published within the applying organisation. This should also show signs of usability to represent that the system garners the intended results. It must also be relevant to ongoing security threats, meaning constant monitoring and upgrades are also needed.

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Standard Six
Responding to Incidents

Incident escalation is one of the main causes of data breaches and financial implications. This is especially detrimental to the NHS, which does not have money to waste on security incidents.

This standard requires all staff to be trained in handling and reporting security incidents. There should also be a framework to support this, with clear attention given to the people assigned to deal with each stage of an issue.

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Standard Seven
Continuity Planning

Continuity planning is essential for keeping operations moving even if a breach occurs. This strategy should encompass how a threat is responded to and the steps put in place to protect the rest of the organisation at this time.

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Standard Eight
Unsupported Systems

Under the DSP, no unsupported systems can be used or accessed by any involved parties. This is because the risk of malicious intent is greatly enhanced when non-NHS-approved systems are introduced.

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Standard Nine
IT Protection

No matter how advanced security protection is, IT systems will always be at risk. This standard requires that a dynamic and strategic strategy is in place for always protecting IT networks.

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Standard Ten
Accountable Suppliers

Only accountable and approved suppliers can be used under the DSP toolkit. New companies must meet strict compliance standards and be approved before working with the NHS. 

Creative Networks are Safe Contractor Certified amongst our many other compliance standards, which means we can successfully meet these standards.

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Choose Creative Network for DSP Toolkit Support

We are proud to be experts in all things security compliance. Having worked with various companies across the healthcare sector, we have demonstrated our ability to meet the needs of data-sensitive organisations. If you want to learn more about our services and start your journey to DSP compliance, contact us today. Whether you are an NHS organisation or a company that needs to sort its own compliance, we can support your needs.

Choose Creative Network for DSP Toolkit Support

We are proud to be experts in all things security compliance. Having worked with various companies across the healthcare sector, we have demonstrated our ability to meet the needs of data-sensitive organisations. 

If you want to learn more about our services and start your journey to DSP compliance, contact us today. Whether you are an NHS organisation or a company that needs to sort its own compliance, we can support your needs.

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Both forms of data provide unparalleled insights into company performance, but there are slight differences between the two.

Business intelligence refers to the overview that can be given to understand the entire landscape of business activity. Business analytics instead looks at just the data behind the findings. In contrast, intelligence applies the findings to your company strategy. The analytics side of things is purely quantitative, whereas business intelligence combines that with qualitative findings to provide a full view of historical, present, and future activity.

Business intelligence, therefore, draws conclusions from different analytics findings to ensure that companies can make better-informed decisions. When applied to IT support, companies like our own can integrate different intelligence markers into your IT infrastructures to ensure that relevant information can always be obtained.

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As you can see from our recent case studies, we have experience working with a whole range of companies. Our model can be applied to any business to help operations run smoothly and IT decision-making go without a hitch.Why should I choose Creative Networks?

With more than 15 years of experience, we genuinely bring knowledge and resource that helps companies achieve operating greatness. Business intelligence is an aspect of operations which has improved in recent years, with highly intellectual data now being available for teams that are set up correctly. Our range of services and experience means we can create data networks that provide the insights you need to perform more efficiently.

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When you choose to work with us, you will also gain access to not expertise in all areas of IT, as our team has varied skill sets. To bring that amount of talent in-house would cost you greatly and be different, given how hard IT recruitment can be. You can also check out our blog as a representation of how many areas of IT we have specialist knowledge within.

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Business Intelligence (BI) is essential to consider if you want to transform your operations for digital markets. Known as the name given to an easily accessible set of tools that give insights into a company’s performance, BI is something that every IT team should have a clear view of.

We specialise in creating successful Microsoft IT infrastructures which allow companies of all sizes to operate using a globally recognised system that more than one million businesses use worldwide. By integrating this with our business intelligence services, we can provide your organisation with a clear view of all operations in the form of data evidence. Whether you want to focus on a particular area or are looking for an overall snapshot of performance, we can provide you with accurate content that helps inform business decision-making.

This also forms the basis of all technology architectures, as strategy and purposes can be woven into designs from day one. Not only does this provide you with a clear view of execution, but it also allows for ongoing scaled efforts to be successfully implemented using the correct IT operating systems.

What Does the DSP Toolkit Include?

The standard is unique as the compliance elements will differ depending on the applying organisation’s sector and company type. This ensures that full protection is always available, as we all know that a one-fits-all solution to security compliance is not always the best approach.

Created by NHS professionals with a view of the current and potential threats that this data-enriched organisation faces, the toolkit is made up of the following compliance areas:

Standard One

Personal Confidential Data

Standard one of the DSP states, “All staff ensure that personal confidential data is handled, stored and transmitted securely, whether in electronic or paper form”. 

The NHS is founded on data and security, with patient care paramount. With all sensitive information relating to identity being held on these systems, they must be protected via compliance measures.

Standard Two

Staff Responsibilities

To meet the needs of this standard, all staff must demonstrate an understanding of their obligations. Covering both patient care and data management, to meet this form of compliance, systems for education and awareness are required to be shown.

Standard Three

Training

A clear record of all annual training on data security should be available. 82% of cyber attacks are a result of human error, which means that employees have lots of pressure on them to spot any malicious data intentions. This aims to empower teams to know what to look for and work without restrictions.

Standard Four

Managing Data Access

This standard requires that data access is managed professionally, with only essential staff members and third parties available to view specific information. This applies the ‘least privilege’ principle, which means that everything is treated with complete security in the first instance.

Standard Five

Process Reviews

A common element in all forms of security compliance, regular reviews must be planned to assess the ongoing suitability of the measures in place.

The standard requires that reviews occur at least once a year and that a clear process for carrying out is published within the applying organisation. This should also show signs of usability to represent that the system garners the intended results. It must also be relevant to ongoing security threats, meaning constant monitoring and upgrades are also needed.

Standard Six

Responding to Incidents

Incident escalation is one of the main causes of data breaches and financial implications. This is especially detrimental to the NHS, which does not have money to waste on security incidents.

This standard requires all staff to be trained in handling and reporting security incidents. There should also be a framework to support this, with clear attention given to the people assigned to deal with each stage of an issue.

Standard Seven

Continuity Planning

Continuity planning is essential for keeping operations moving even if a breach occurs. This strategy should encompass how a threat is responded to and the steps put in place to protect the rest of the organisation at this time.

Standard Eight

Unsupported Systems

Under the DSP, no unsupported systems can be used or accessed by any involved parties. This is because the risk of malicious intent is greatly enhanced when non-NHS-approved systems are introduced.

Standard Nine

IT Protection

No matter how advanced security protection is, IT systems will always be at risk. This standard requires that a dynamic and strategic strategy is in place for always protecting IT networks.

Standard Ten

Accountable Suppliers

Only accountable and approved suppliers can be used under the DSP toolkit. New companies must meet strict compliance standards and be approved before working with the NHS. 

Creative Networks are Safe Contractor Certified amongst our many other compliance standards, which means we can successfully meet these standards.

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