Government launches public-sector security product accreditation scheme


Government launches public-sector security product accreditation scheme

Antony Savvas

The first security product accredited by a new government scheme to ensure products are reliable for the public sector has been announced.

Jim Murphy, Cabinet Office minister with responsibility for e-government, launched the quality award scheme this week after a trial.

BeCrypt is the first company to be accredited under the scheme for its Connect Protect encryption product.

The Cabinet Office is recommending that the new CCT Mark for accredited products should be adopted as a market standard across the public sector.

Murphy said, “This scheme will bring welcome new levels of confidence and assurance to information security in the public sector. As public sector services and information systems become more joined up, the government is taking steps to ensure that those systems are adequately protected.”

He said, “The CCT Mark will help vendors and buyers alike, and guarantees that information assurance in public sector organisations remains robust and retains high levels of public confidence.”

The Cabinet Office said the CCT Mark is primarily aimed at IT and information security managers across the wider public sector, but added it will also provide a guide to small and medium-sized businesses wanting to know whether their purchasing meets government’s preferred standards.

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