Amazon-like service intended to provide secure cloud services for public sector users
A need to provide a secure Amazon-like service has driven the creation of an accredited platform to deliver IL2 and IL3-rated cloud services for public sector users.
SCC’s Secure Multi-Tenanted Cloud Service (SMTC), which offers its OptimiseCloud service for government and public sector users only that is built to Government security standards should open the door to more Cloud-based services being procured by government.
The company has developed its Secure Multi-Tenanted Cloud Service (SMTC) with security standards for government and public sector users. The intention is to open the door to more cloud-based services being procured by government.
Until now, as there have been no accredited solutions, government security officers are likely to block current cloud-based solutions, the company said.
IL2 is the security level which the government believes all service providers should be operating at. IL3 goes further with a requirement for enhanced data security that carries far more stringent and expensive requirements. For IL3, data, systems and processes must be segregated, supported by secure IT systems and databases, together with widespread use of encryption, enhanced physical security and higher levels of personnel screening.
“Our customers have been talking about G-Cloud for a long time, but their adoption of services was hampered by the lack of accredited solution. That situation has changed. We took a leading role from the beginning and it was important to us to remain focused on our vision and the goal of building a real G-Cloud service,” said Tracy Westall, SCC’s UK public sector director.
“Achieving IL3 accreditation was always the target for us because this area has previously been closed to the broader supplier community, yet is also a key point at which massive government costs could be challenged,” added Westall.
“As we progressed with our plan it became clear that the reason that no one had ever tackled this before is because it is difficult to do, and I do not believe we could have achieved what we have inside such tight timescales had we not invested in a greenfield build. A retrospective accreditation fit would have been almost impossible and certainly more expensive.”
Informatics Merseyside, an NHS shared service which provides information management and technology services to the health service in Merseyside, has appointed SCC as its strategic partner for cloud delivery and a core of what will be delivered through the partnership will sit in the newly accredited platform.
Denise McDonagh, the G-Cloud programme director, said: “Increased use of technology, and the cloud in particular, provide a fantastic opportunity for public sector organisations to be more efficient and the G-Cloud programme is about establishing a flexible, cost-effective framework, which is also secure and meets the needs of the public sector. So we’re delighted that SCC is the first UK provider to gain pan government accreditation.”