N3/HSCN Consultancy

Hytec Information Security: Specialist N3/HSCN Consultancy and Managed Services 

2018 marks the year of transition from N3 to HSCN. The Health and Social Care Network is now live and accepting organisations on the network. Hytec, OLM’s specialist information governance and security division, provides services to support the NHS’ HSCN Connection, Data Security and Protection ToolkitPSN connectivity and ISO 27001 certification.

Hytec information security is trusted by many local authorities. In the past they have delivered clear, workable advice regarding NHS N3 compliance and matters of information security. We use this knowledge base to advise a new generation of clients with HSCN consultancy.

Organisations wishing to provide services to Health via the NHS N3/HSCN network, manage devices, or administer applications on the N3/ HSCN network, need to comply with the technical and Information Governance requirements of the NHS in order to be able to communicate via N3/ HSCN.

From our five offices, Hytec information security provides connection consultancy and other data security services to local authorities and private organisations across the UK. 

We are true N3/ HSCN service experts with over 27 years security/information governance experience. We have provided specialist services providing DSP Toolkit Compliance Services and connecting hundreds of organisations to a secure, resilient N3/ HSCN connected hosting environment. We build relationships based on flexible, friendly partnerships and the cost-effective delivery of information security related services and hosting, such as N3/ HSCN and PSN.

About HSCN

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations, replacing N3.

It will provide the underlying network arrangements to help integrate and transform health and social care services by enabling health and social care organisations to access and share information more reliably, flexibly and efficiently.

The potential benefits of joining HSCN are:

  • The ability to send and receive secure data between health, commercial and social care organisations, supporting information and service sharing
  • Cheaper connectivity than previous N3 services
  • Simpler network Information Governance requirements
  • Helping staff across health, commercial service providers and care work together
  • Standardised networks
  • Simpler access to NHS Digital's national applications, making it easier to confirm NHS numbers, share care plans and access Summary Care Records

Contact us today on 0208 973 1100 to find out how we can help you connect with our specialist N3/HSCN Consultancy Services

"I have been very impressed with Hytec’s services and in particular with their continued attention to operational compliance such as managing the annual renewal of our N3 certification which is required by NHS Digital.”

Richard Coldrick
Elekta UK

Hosted HSCN

Hytec has a wider team offering a range of expertise in infrastructure design and managed HSCN hosting services. OLM’s client base is largely formed of local government, health authorities and commercial organisations. For these clients, the initial engagement usually occurs when connection to private or secure networks and compliance with security standards are required.

The interface between the HSCN network and the external internet is managed and controlled in the Hytec hosted environment. This is housed in a TIA 942, Tier 3 high security, high availability HSCN compliant data centre. A typical environment consists of a server sitting within a secure DMZ created between two suitably assured firewalls, one facing the internet, the other facing the HSCN network. Access to clients’ hosted systems by Hytec support staff and the clients’ support staff is via secure two factor authentication. 

Hytec ensures that the whole environment operates in compliance with NHS HSCN standards, for example:

  • Use of suitably accredited firewalls (EAL4)

  • Retention of logs for the required time

  • Use of Two factor authentication for secure access and for non-repudiation

For our HSCN hosting, Hytec operates a 24-7 helpdesk and has mature procedures and policies that enable the efficient management of incidents. Our change management processes are flexible enough to allow us to accommodate the working practices of our clients but which also allow Hytec to control access to the HSCN hosted system on their behalf. Many of these processes integrate with the information governance processes and policies of our clients.

Leaders in HSCN

Hytec is one of the few organisations suitably qualified to advise care organisations and local authorities on matters relating to IT security (PSN, HSCN infrastructure design). With over 26 years’ experience providing connection advice and hosting to Health organisations and local authorities Hytec is seen as a trusted partner.

Hytec consultants are heavily involved in the area of information assurance.  They are aware of, and continually monitor changes to the many “baseline” standards that exist in the UK.  They also contribute regularly to speaking engagements when information assurance is on the agenda.

Knowledge is gathered from many sources such as The Cabinet Office, CESG, NHS, DoH and PSN.  Information is also gathered from other reliable information sources regarding new or emerging threats and vulnerabilities, such as CERT and NIST.

N3/HSCN Connection Service

NHS N3/HSCN gap analysis package 

Gap analysis against the requirements of the NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSP Toolkit).

Develop short and long term N3/HSCN action plans

Action/improvement plans are developed from the results of the initial N3/HSCN audit or gap analysis. 

Provide relevant comments for NHS DSP toolkit submission  

Hytec understands the risks posed by a shortfall in compliance and act on the organisation's behalf to mitigate this risk

Completion of online NHS DSP toolkit

Hytec consultants are highly familiar with the NHS DSP toolkit. We have produced a version of the toolkit that has been adapted to make it easier to use. 

Management progress reports until N3/HSCN connection completion 

Hytec produces reports that ensure senior managements team are fully informed of progress against the journey to N3/HSCN connectivity. 

  • 27 years+

    supporting the care industry

  • 100+


  • 90%

    customer satisfaction

  • 100%

    of profits reinvested