Cloud computing platform for the public sector awarded Pan Government Accreditation

FCO Services, a leading provider of secure ICT services to UK Government and public sector, today announces that is has received Pan Government Accreditation for its cloud platform, Government Secure Applications Environment (GSAE).

The GSAE platform was created by FCO Services to supply secure cloud applications and services to the public sector through the government’s G-Cloud framework and CloudStore. Business Impact Levels are used to guide discussions of risk in government projects. Business impact level 3 (IL3) is suitable for use at Official level under the new Government security classifications.

The PGA accreditation up to and including IL3, awarded to GSAE covers.

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – providing access to virtual servers and storage to allow departments to move their services to the cloud
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) – providing the hardware and operating environment to allow departments to host their applications securely

FCO Services’ former Chief Executive Chris Moxey said: “Achieving IL3 Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) is a significant milestone for FCO Services and for GSAE. Although our infrastructure and hardware had been rigorously tested and verified, this additional accreditation can only benefit our customers. PGA makes our secure cloud-based offerings even more accessible and will give public sector organisations added confidence in our services”.

Chris added: “The accreditation further demonstrates that making the move to flexible, low cost and yet highly secure cloud services as laid out in the Government’s ICT Strategy, is now an achievable goal across government and the wider public sector”.

The GSAE platform was designed by FCO Services to help public sector organisations make efficiency savings without the risk of compromising data. It is already in use by several government departments. GSAE operates 24/7 from FCO Services’ UK-based secure facilities, on secure government owned sites.