Breakout discussion: TRE architectures#
Chair: Rob Baxter
Is there a single pattern for TREs?
Are there multiple patterns? Where do you put you put your network isolation?
Software defined TREs?
Interested in abstract architectures (software implementations later)
Abstract more important to begin with
HDR Alliance green paper saying “This is what a TRE is” from 2021
Maybe this group’s first task is to update this doc?
“Architecture”: Functional (explicitly not technical), e.g. “network boxes with zones, how to they talk to each other, how does stuff come in or out”
After the network architecture almost everything else is Governance?
At what level does an “architecture” start? Governance? 5 safes vs technical specification
Multiple layers - Business, application, technology, service, data
No good having a great implementation if the operating team isn’t skilled
Business architecture describes how actors interact with services
Product agnostic, about capabilities not products
Business layer == TRE Governance?
How much of this is about operational security and legal/functional definitions, and how much is about data ethics?
Former suggests there should be standards
Latter (human ethics, no objective view) implies a TRE is what you think it is
Operationalisation requires people to run a TRE, difficult to recruit people at the moment
This group should think about holistic picture
This group is the people SATRE wants to speak to, all input welcome. Lots of ways of expressing same thing, but seems like there’s general alignment
Group could fous on “what does good look like”?
Passible reference: Digital Economy Act (DEA) “standard”, if you meet it UK Stats authority are happy you’re safe to conduct research on UK stats data
But maybe Governance should be the driver?
Scottish National Safe Haven has achieved DEA accreditation
Maturity scale to judge TREs, work backwards from DEA?
Does DEA include things like ingress/egress? Not sure
Approval of UKStats authority seems like a good aim, does their idea of a TRE align with ours? If so might as well go with them, but need to check if they have other requirements that might conflict with our aims and aren’t applicable to all TREs
SAIL Databank is another org that has gone through DEA. Bit like ISO27001, not proscriptive, instead asks “are the processes you’ve put in place suitable?”
Scottish Safe Haven charter? Criteria for accessing patient data in Scotland, and has been for 8 years * Currently being reviewed due to age
How should architecture be driven?
High level business diagram
Connecting Governance and architecture is really important
How do we link together what governance needs and says with the technical definition of what TREs are?