PSN to be made “less frustrating”

The core of the government’s ICT strategy is to be made “less frustrating” for council CIOs, after the Cabinet Office agreed to a more pragmatic approach to security compliance.

The Public Sector Network (PSN), a network of networks of public organisations responsible for the delivery of public services at local, regional and national levels, is to be made less taxing. Complex security compliance demands have deterred organisations from joining the PSN, which has raised concern with CIOs who have started making use of the network.

Steve Halliday, president of Socitm, which represents public sector CIOs, welcomed the news, which he said comes after “intense” campaigning by the organisation and other stakeholders.

He said: “For those who already have PSN engagement, we’ve been worrying that if we are unable to continue those services running on PSN because of security compliance, it puts our business at risk. The good news for CIOs in this position is that it reduces the risk. There’s a pragmatic balance, where business comes first. We worry about the cyber security, but we also need to make sure that the usage requirements are met in a secure way, rather than the security comes first.”

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