SCC has called upon Independent Software Vendors and public sector organisations attending this week’s InfoSec conference in London, to use the occasion as a springboard towards achieving the Information Assurance accreditation required to do business in the Cloud era.

Europe’s largest independent technology solutions brand, which became the first UK provider to receive Pan-Government accreditation for its IL2 and IL3 rated Secure Multi-Tenanted Cloud in 2012, will have its Information Assurance Practice (IAP) team of Information Assurance consultants at InfoSec to advise organisations and departments on how best to navigate the complex accreditation procedures around G-Cloud, PSN CoCo, CESG Compliance and HMG Security requirements and standards as well as provide an overview of the Sentinel by SCC platform and its capabilities.

The IAP provides Accreditor, CLAS and CHECK services to Government departments, including Central, Local, Health and MoD. SCC’s IA specialist will be able to provide guidance and direction on G-Cloud accreditation standards and process throughout the exhibition.

SCC, which has already helped several ISVs and government organisations on their journey through the process, has partnered with cyber security specialist Nettitude to provide visitors with a range of Infrastructure, Application, Mobile and Social Engineering Penetration Testing services for the event.

“Many organisations and SMEs have been reluctant to kick off their accreditation journey due to the complex nature of the process. Yet while it is a complicated and time-consuming procedure, having been through it ourselves and helped several ISVs navigate their way through the system, we can say with certainty that it’s not impossible if approached with the right assistance and expertise,” said Dave Moore, Head of Information Assurance, SCC IA Practice.

“This is a journey worth making. G-Cloud has come of age and within two years sales through the service are expected to account for more than half of all new public ICT spending, making it potentially the most important market to have emerged in over a decade. We would urge organisations that have yet to begin the process to drop by the event stand for free, expert advice on how to proceed.”

SCC earlier this month launched a free industry white paper – G-Cloud Accreditation for ISVs: a practical guide to embracing the public sector opportunity – and believes that with sales through the government Cloud store expected to exceed £8.75billion by 2015, small businesses whose products and services can be successfully accredited for the platform stand to gain direct access to the lucrative and dynamic marketplace for the first time in history. The company has already partnered with independent software vendor IIZUKA to provide the UK Pensions Ombudsman with a secure Cloud-based Case Management system via its OptimiseCloud™ service. The deal, which saw the service begin to play a central role in the Ombudsman’s operations in early 2013, combines the ISV’s Case Management expertise with the security of SCC’s Pan-Government accredited Cloud platform, and was rolled out across the government-appointed regulator’s operation in January.

IIZUKA Managing Director Greg Hayes commented: “Our partnership with SCC offers a range of benefits. The confidence and credibility provided by its Pan-Government accreditation has been of significant value, enabling us to provide the public sector with the high levels of security it demands without incurring the considerable outlay required to secure such ratings in our own right. While the company’s infrastructure expertise has allowed us to focus on our speciality, its track record in the public sector and extensive client base has also opened up a new route to market for our service that we believe offers huge potential for the future.”

In the public sector, a landmark 2012 agreement with Mersey Care NHS Trust to deliver the UK’s first healthcare cloud saw SCC complete a deal designed to deliver secure services at significant savings as well as freeing up front line staff to concentrate on patient care. The deal will see the public sector organisation’s patient records, operational data and ICT infrastructure migrate to SCC’s OptimiseCloud™ platform and is expected to save the Trust in excess of 15% on its IT costs.

Mark Bostock, director, Informatics Merseyside, said: “There are huge advantages to this scheme not only in terms of potential cost savings although the business case alone here is very compelling as this means there is no need to have multiple data centres and on-site servers. Additionally, customers can scale up or down very quickly according to their needs at any one time and this means organisations can plan ahead with much greater certainty in terms of capital outlay.

“If customers only want to do something on a short term basis they can as they only pay for what they use. This is a platform which provides massive flexibility and will undoubtedly see a much more efficient system.”

Rowland Johnson, CEO of Nettitude commented: “Without doubt, the issue of Cloud security is one of the biggest issues facing the industry today. Delegates attending InfoSec this year should come to speak to us on the SCC stand, where our consultants will be available to talk to companies about identifying and managing risk surrounding their data assets, stripping away much of the mystery around the subject and replacing it with hard facts.”

Visit SCC and Nettitude at stand N63 at InfoSec 2013 from 23-25 April.

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