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National Anti-Fraud Network Accreditation.

"The daunting intorduction to secure networks was soon banished through the experience, knowledge and professionalism provided by Aristi. Their dedication and attention to detail has been invaluable to the development of NAFN" Mark Astley Regional Intelligence Officer

The National Anti-fraud Network provides a shared service to public authorities to help in the fight against fraud & protect the public purse.

The National Anti-Fraud Network (NAFN) was established in September 1995 to support its members in ‘protecting the public purse’ including assisting with intelligence gathering process for Housing Benefits, Student Awards, Trading Standards, assisting in the recovery of debt as well as alerting members to scams including false invoicing and sharp practices. Since its formation, NAFN has helped councils identify numerous frauds which have resulted in considerable savings to the taxpayer.

The challenge

NAFN recently launched a new service for its members that allowed for data requests relating to criminal investigations to be made through a secure website. In order to support these requests, NAFN required a connection to the Secure Communitiess Network (SCN), a service managed by the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA). NAFN also needed to build an Accredited network capable of handling the protectively marked data that resulted from the data requests.

This was a new area for NAFN and the Regional Intelligence Manager (North) Mark Astley identified a need for specialist consultancy to assist with the requirements and issued an invitation to tender for the work.

The solution

Aristi won the tender and provided an experienced CLAS Consultant through its Trusted Security Advisor service to help NAFN meet its business objectives. The first stage of the project involved guiding NAFN through a business impact assessment of the new data. The data was identified as RESTRICTED.

The Aristi CLAS consultant worked with Mark, his team and the NAFN service providers to design a RESTRICTED network that complied with the Cabinet Office Security Policy Framework (SPF) and the requirements of the SCN Code of Connection The consultant carried out a risk assessment in line with HMG Information Assurance Standard No.1 and developed a Risk Management and Accreditation Document Set (RMADS).

The business owner was briefed on the risks and working with the NAFN and NPIA Accreditors, the consultant secured full accreditation for the network. The project was managed from start to finish by the Aristi CLAS Consultant who guided NAFN through the accreditation process and helped identify the required roles and responsibilities to enable NAFN to support the accreditation. In addition to this, Aristi reviewed options and provided recommendations for connecting the NAFN HQ to their Southern office in order to provide secure cost effective connectivity between the two sites and a more effective service to NAFN’s members.

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