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Editor's Blog and Industry Comments

G-Cloud success depends on security

10 June, 2013
Thales comments on the integration of G-Cloud with the GDS believing that the success of the project will be dependent on building a secure architecture


News broke recently that the G-Cloud has now integrated with the Government Digital Service (GDS) to become ‘business as usual’. This comes after the G-Cloud programme was recently given an amber/red rating by the Major Projects Authority (MPA), meaning that the “successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas”.



Ross Parsell, Director of Cyber Security at Thales UK had the following comments to make:

 

“The arrival of the G-Cloud iii under the control of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and simultaneous departure of former programme director Denise McDonagh marks a new milestone. However, while the Government’s move to digital with its improved CloudStore and £22m sales to date are good news, the framework’s success is likely to stand and fall with the level of security that will be built into its architecture.



According to the ICO, local government self-reported data breaches have increased by 1,609% since 2007. The PSN has the potential to reduce overheads, boost productivity and encourage interdepartmental collaboration. However, the most critical asset – and potential danger – of the network is the data it carries. It is imperative that information passing along the PSN remains as secure as possible, especially given the sensitivity of data that the public sector handles.



By introducing a common network standard and security protocol, the government will be able to standardise the systems used for data storage and communications, helping streamline operations, whilst delivering cost savings in the region on £500M per annum. This is a unique opportunity to build security into the heart of the UK’s public infrastructure – rather than having to patch potential security gaps too late, or worse deal with the fallout.”


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