News : Next steps beyond Digital Economy Act (DEA) accreditation
This milestone was an important step forward in achieving our vision of bringing together ready-to-use data for the public good, by showing the confidence that the UK Statistics Authority has in the security and the data on the IDS.
What does accreditation mean?
Successful accreditation provides formal recognition that the IDS is a safe and secure platform, compliant with the five safes of secure data, while continuing to operate as a
“We are delighted to have achieved DEA accreditation,” said Jason Yaxley, Director of the IDS. “This shows the confidence that we have to ensure that the platform is safe, secure and aligns with the Five Safes Framework (safe people, projects, settings, outputs, and data). I would like to extend my grateful thanks to everyone who has helped to achieve these accolades.”
We could not have done this without the time and feedback from so many of our users, including users from the Secure Research Service (SRS).
We are now focusing on continuing to improve user experience and mature the service. This includes working with partners to ensure that the IDS achieves its full potential of offering scalable, efficient, and collaborative data analysis, to add to the secure platform.
These include the linking and matching of data through the , which de-identifies the data, and the secure and scalable multi-cloud technology. This will standardise data linkage, leading to broader analysis and a greater impact.
The aim is to show that the IDS is operating in a Trusted Research Environment with recognised accreditation, and will continue to balance the pace at which it brings in users and data, while managing scaling up the service.
This includes an increased focus on engagement with colleagues in data and across government, as we continue to evidence the benefits of the service to the public.
How you can get involved
Have you any experiences of or questions on the IDS? The service wants to hear from you!