You may already be aware of a recent security flaw disclosed in respect to Intel processors (other processors may be affected but as yet no confirmed reports) as used in IT systems, these flaws have been named Meltdown and Spectre.

These flaws have the potential to allow an attacker to bypass kernel access protections such that regular apps can read the content of kernel memory. However it is important to note that there have been no reports of anybody exploiting this vulnerability at this stage.

The mitigation is to provide isolation between apps and the kernel by means of OS/Application patches and firmware updates for affected processors, however, there is potential that the extra software processing and mitigation methods may have some impact to system performance, but this is very dependent on workloads and how they use speculative processing of data. read more

Christmas 2017 Office Hours

Asckey Data Services Ltd. will remain open up to and including Friday 22nd December 2017. The office will be closed from 4pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 and reopens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

For customers with a genuine emergency on 24/7 support contracts or with a priority 1 emergency, please email Coverage will be very limited during this period and response times will vary.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

HSCN Transition

The NHS N3 network came to an end on 31 March 2017 and is being replaced with the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).  Find out more.

N3 / HSCN latest news

Discover all the latest N3 / HSCN news, guidance and updates direct from the official NHS Digital website.  Includes Technical guidance, How To guides and latest events information.

HSCN Transition news.

N3 / HSCN hosting user guides

N3Today’s Health Sector climate is forever changing and such, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up-to-date with infrastructure and technological changes.

An understanding of the latest NHS N3 / HSCN hosting guidelines can help provide a wider knowledge of the needs of users.

The NHS Digital website has a range of freely available N3 / HSCN user guides that provide a valuable insight into system usage across the NHS.

IGSoC success

Following the successful completion of this year’s IGSoC toolkit, Asckey have acheived an impressive pass score of 95%. Asckey currently hold IGSoC accreditation at level 2.

This achievement has been due in part to an increase in awareness of security issues following the achievement of ISO 27001 in 2015. This accreditation resulted in the implementation of a number of new procedures to underpin existing security processes which also impact IGSoC.

The Information Governance Statement of Compliance (IGSoC) is the process by which organisations enter into an agreement with HSCIC for access to NHS Digital’s services (formerly known as HSCIC), including the NHS National Network (N3 / HSCN), in order to preserve the integrity of those services. The (Information Governance) or IG Toolkit is an online system which allows organisations to assess themselves or be assessed against Information Governance policies and standards. read more


ISO 27001We are proud to announce our recent award of the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System (ISMS).

The ISO 27001:2013 standard published in October 2005, is the specification for an ISMS, an Information Security Management System.

The award is formal acknowledgement of Asckey’s wide range of comprehensive, data security standards and processes implemented across the whole organisation.  Achieving the ISO 27001:2013 standard certifies that Asckey has the required information security controls in place to protect client data. read more

Commissioning White Paper

Outsourced Commissioning support – take cover with packaged IT services

Picture1“Outsourcing essential service support functions to proven industry experts can help deliver essential support functions via established, targeted service experts. The complex area of IT and data management can present specific challenges in relation to skills and resourcing that can soon escalate and become unwieldy. Outsourcing both physical and cloud based system support offers a reliable, secure and cost effective solution.” read more

IGSoC recertification

Asckey have now received official validation of our successful recertification of the IG Tool Kit for another year. IG supports our N3 Hosting offering and offers clients continued assurance of our high levels of service quality and security. Contgratulations to all concerned!

What is IGSoC?

As stated on the HSCIC website: “IGSoC is the process by which organisations enter into agreement with HCIC for access to its services. The terms and conditions of access are set out in the IG Assurance Statement which is a required element of the IG Toolkit. read more

Commissioning Show 2016

Health + Care 2016 – Excel Centre, London 29-30th June 2016

With the focus shifting away from activity-based commissioning to place-based commissioning – both commissioners and providers of health and social care have a common goal of transforming services and health outcomes for populations and patients.

For CCGs to secure their future and continue to add value to the health and social care system, it is imperative they work closely with the full range of NHS providers, local authorities, public health, private and voluntary sector organisations, local communities and individuals to redesign care pathways around the patients and populations they serve. read more