G-Cloud broadens accreditation scheme

Government’s cloud computing programme aims to improve accreditation process and attract broader range of suppliers

The G-Cloud programme is to broaden its accreditation scheme with the aim of giving more suppliers the chance to start the process.

The Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) scheme is run by information assurance body CESG and aims to manage the risks associated with the infrastructure and services used by multiple government departments.

According to the G-Cloud team, the change follows research with 46 suppliers about the PGA. Based on the findings the team said it was “adjusting” its approach, and will be contacting a much larger group of suppliers to start the PGA process, with a firm deadline to submit “scoping templates”.

All companies that have submitted scoping templates which meet the necessary quality, will be put into a pool ready for submission to the PGA service at CESG.

The first deadline for submission to the pool is 12 September , and after that, the second Wednesday of every month.

On its website, the G-Cloud team said that recognises that some suppliers may choose to wait until they have a demand from a specific customer, or may wish go through accreditation sequentially for their services, rather than in parallel.

These suppliers will be able to make their PGA submission at the right time for them, and plan for submission deadlines in the future.

Commenting on the changes to the PGA service, Chris Pennell, principal analyst at Kable, said: “For many SMEs the cost of accreditation has generally put them off doing business with government.

“Anything that helps to shorten this process and hopefully make it cheaper has got to be good.”

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