The Police Information Technology Organisation has awarded a new three-year contract for administering IT healthchecks for police forces to CESG, the national technical authority for information assurance.
CESG has been administering the healthcheck system since 2003. The scheme provides mandatory checks on networks and applications to police forces and related agencies that are connected to the Criminal Justice Extranet (CJX).
The standardised checks are carried out by testers with appropriate security clearance and skills from a rota of around 30 companies, which are allocated work in turn on a “taxi rank” system. Police forces pay a fixed national rate for the tests.
CESG administers the scheme, assessing the participating companies to ensure they have appropriately skilled staff.
The scheme has been extended for a further three years because of its success in cutting procurement costs. Without the central service, police forces and agencies would each have to go through their own procurement process in order to have the mandatory annual check carried out.