TL,DR: Office 365 Planning Workshop and collaborative Cyber Security Funding Bids
Who did you talk to outside your organisation?
- Pentera — quick catch-up call following our automated pen testing POC a few weeks backand potential next steps.
- DELL/Gyrocom — At the end of the week I attended a SD WAN Overview session which was presented to bring the wider team up to speed with what VMWare Velcloud solution can offer as we prep for a more detailed design overview for a new satellite office (Woodsend).
What would you have liked to do more of?
- Emily Wright and myself worked with ian roddis to run a half day Planning Workshop for Office 365 which ran on Thursday. Few weeks of planning and prep went into this and primary focus was to ensure everyone is on the same page and we could assess the time and effort required to re-work the current timeline to bring in delivery dates that align better with those set out by N365/NHS Digital. After what was a really good morning workshop, I really would liked to have continued for an afternoon workshop session to follow on from the morning Office 365. We spent the morning updating on current progress, challenges, dependencies, and the end user experience for AfE and E3/R licenced users. We presented what the new O365 environment would look like for the different use cases. There was a lot of discussion here and it was needed with such a complex programme. However, it meant we only got to touch on some of the re-planning elements. We had some good outputs from the session which will help focus the wider attention in to delivery mode. Looking forward to the follow on sessions that will no doubt follow on and the creation of our war room for Office 365 deployment.
What do you wish you could have changed?
- Myself and Mary Macleod interviewed for the KGH Cyber Security Manager post which is the second time it had gone out. Unfortunately we were unable to appoint and will have to go out again or rethink how we fill the position.
- Explored the option of hosting our new Covid booking site in our new Azure Cloud with Phoenix. Although from a provisioning perspective this was really straight forward, the development time frames required for the actual system didn't allow much margin for doing so. It will stay hosted on prem for now.
What challenged me?
- There was some confusion around the requirements for a Cyber Security update paper for which the scope we had been working towards changed towards the end of the week. It became apparent we had lost something in translation from the initial request. Which means the pressure will be on for the following week to meet deadlines.
- The news headlines on most channels at the moment around the horrific events unfolding in Afghanistan is just so sad to see the plight of the Afghan people. Hard to imagine we live in a world where this level of cruelty exists and yet we take the peace and basic privileges we experience daily for granted.
What did you learn?
Read a few interesting articles this week, one of note was around “5 steps for modernising enterprise networks”. Covered software defined networks, AI, Cloud, Wi-Fi 6, and network security.
What did you enjoy?
- Office 365 Workshop — This was my first day back working with colleagues physically in the same space, so there was a sense of nostalgia for me personally as I have been shielding and working remotely since the first wave of Covid19 hit due to living with vulnerable family members. Never thought I would have said it, I actually enjoyed the drive in (possibly because of quieter holiday season roads) as well as the workshop itself and interacting face to face. Spent the afternoon back at IT base camp onsite at the KGH. Looking forward to spending a bit more time onsite going forward where required.
- Cyber Security is an area which sadly does not get the kind of investment it needs in most NHS Trusts up and down the country. So when the opportunity for submitting more funding bids came around again for Cyber Security it was great news and couldn’t have at a better time when we have been trialing so many toolsets and heads buzzing with ideas! After a few successful bids in February 2021 for a sizeable amount of funding I am hopeful! Aiming to get these submitted before the first tranche of bids are reviewed by NHSD/X. Myself and Suraj Palmer-shah worked on creating these ready for submission next week.
- Also reached out to our Group colleagues over at Northampton General Hospital to align our respective bids so that as we work towards converging systems and services across the Group we have the same cyber security toolsets in place. Which will help align processes and skillsets going forward across the Group and potentially within the ICS when it’s more developed on this front. I was pleased that we had an open dialogue with Andrew Wapples NGH’s Cyber Security Manager and to understand each others bids better. Was pleased we were able to influence the outcome as a result.
What did you achieve?
Was a bit of a fast pace week, with Office 365 workshop prep and the workshop itself. The gaps being filled with Cyber bids and prep info for Cyber and Cloud papers due next week.
What are you looking forward to next week?
- Regrouping post Office 365 Workshop and planning out the next steps with Emily O365 Project Manager.
- Step through of the Azure Sentinel Statement of Works which is due for submission to Microsoft for ECIF funding.