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NBS Chorus and Data Security

We take data security very seriously, and you can be reassured that we have taken all the necessary steps to protect your data and maintain our cloud security

 
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The cloud has proven to be a reliable and secure choice for even the largest organizations, and is fast becoming the most trusted data solution. This page provides details about how we keep your data safe and secure. Considerations are also provided for projects that are confidential, and for projects where information cannot be stored in the cloud.

 1. The NBS Chorus Platform  2. Working on confidential projects  3. Working on projects that are not allowed on the cloud

1. The NBS Chorus platform

1.1 Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation

 NBS has achieved Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. This is a UK Government certification scheme, with standards designed to protect businesses from cyberattacks. Following the standards of this certification means that NBS is practising preventative cyber hygiene, such as having firewalls enabled and using multifactor authentication. View certificate

 

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1.2 Additional security testing

We test our platform against the Google VSAQ (Vendor Security Assessment Questionnaire) – the process that Google uses to assess vendor security to ensure the highest levels of compliance.

VSAQ is a collection of adaptable questionnaires for evaluating a given vendor’s security and privacy posture. Whilst we do not publicly publish the results of this questionnaire, we can make this information available upon request. For further details on VSAQ, click here.

Furthermore, we perform regular penetration testing on the NBS software platforms, in line with the latest National Cyber Security Centre Guidance.

1.3 Data storage 

All data within Chorus is stored in secure data centres in London, operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The AWS cloud is a network of remote servers hosted on the internet and used to store, manage and process data in place of local servers or personal computers.

Chorus runs with AWS’ state-of-the-art infrastructure, and uses its comprehensive security features to enforce rigorous access control and defend against threats such as DDoS attacks. Our policy is to keep data encrypted in transit and at rest, wherever possible, to eliminate the possibility of any unauthorized access.

1.4 Data ownership

NBS claims no ownership rights to data entered into NBS Chorus by users. All of the intellectual property rights in the NBS Chorus service, NBS content and any materials or software created or used in the provision of training are, and shall remain at all times, the sole and exclusive property of NBS or its licensors.

1.5 Data backup

Our infrastructure is designed to be extremely reliable, and uses the latest cloud technologies to minimize the risk of any data loss. Data is continually backed up, with a restoration window target of five minutes (the maximum potential period of any data loss in the unlikely event of a problem). In addition, data and backups are stored on systems with designed durability of 99.999999999%, giving robust protection from component failure leading to data loss.

2. Working on more confidential projects

When working on more confidential projects, NBS Chorus allows for further restrictions to be applied. In addition, there is expert guidance available on the Centre of the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) website.

2.1 Hide project names from colleagues

Within NBS Chorus, all users added to an organization’s licence can see the project names. There is an option at project level to control which colleagues can and cannot see the name of a project. 

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Restricting information on confidential projects in NBS Chorus

Further guidance covering the NBS Chorus options in this area is available at the support page below:
https://support.thenbs.com/support/solutions/articles/7000067042-confidential-projects 

2.2 Data permissions
With respect to the specification information within a project, it is possible to grant levels of access at the level of the specification. For example, an architect at a multidisciplinary practice working on a project may be given contributor permissions to the building fabric specification and read-only permissions to the structural specification, but not granted access to the specification for the access control, CCTV and building management systems.

This is shown in the screenshot below.

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Restricting specification access within NBS Chorus

Further support information on the restricted access features in Chorus is provided below:

https://support.thenbs.com/support/solutions/folders/7000040461 

2.3 Enhanced organization access control

NBS Chorus access can be configured to work within an organization’s ‘single sign-on’ authentication scheme. This can improve security by:

2.4 Security-minded tips

 Over and above software considerations, there are many additional security-minded considerations. Specifications may be printed out, emailed to external organizations, copied to portable storage devices and distributed in a multitude of ways.

With this in mind, a confidential project may have policies in place such as:

Further information on a security-minded approach to digital engineering can be accessed at the link below:
https://www.cpni.gov.uk/security-minded-approach-digital-engineering 

3. Working on projects that are not allowed on the cloud

On the most secure projects, where all information must be securely controlled in an offline environment, it is still possible to use NBS, but in a much less functional way.
It is possible to access NBS Chorus to download the latest specification templates in DOCX (Microsoft Word) format.

This would then allow the specification to be developed in an offline word-processing tool.

Depending on the specific project procedures for read-only internet access, access to NBS Chorus and NBS Source may be allowed so that the technical guidance, suggested specification values, links to reference documents and manufacturer information can be viewed.

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Add the specification templates to an empty project
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Download these blank templates to work on them offline

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