Channel has a role to play in securing public sector

The channel is being leaned on by public authorities desperate to ensure they are compliant with the government’s Connect SecureExtranet (GSCx) as the revised deadline looms large.

The channel is being leaned on by public authorities desperate to ensure they are compliant with the government’s Connect Secure Extranet (GSCx) as the revised deadline looms large.

The original plans had been to get councils and government departments compliant by 31 March but with that date proving to be too difficult to reach for many things were pushed back until September.

In the last few weeks the signs of the channel responding to the calls of desperate councils has started to emerge.

Networks First announced plans to extend a helping hand to those councils that missed the deadline.

Failure to get ready means that the local authorities will not be able to connect to the new secure government network.

“Authorities need to start taking a more comprehensive approach to security and GCSx is hopefully going to be the catalyst for this,” said Peter Titmus, managing director at Networks First.

Vendors have been pushing security products that tick the boxes around encryption, secure back up and remote access but have expressed some puzzlement as to why some public sector bodies have not got the message.

“Before the end of the original March deadline we received quite a few calls from local councils,” said Yurong Lin, CEO of Deepnet.

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