New encryption service will improve public service delivery

Cabinet Office has developed a new encryption service, Inter Provider Encryption Domain (IPED), in partnership with leading industry specialists. This means that RESTRICTED information at Impact Level 3 (IL3) can be safely shared across the Public Services Network (PSN). This builds on the existing PSN services which currently operate at the lower security level ofIL2 (PROTECT).

This service will help extend the reach of PSN to organisations that provide citizen-focused services and need to access information from areas like criminal justice and social services. Sharing this sort of information needs more encryption and identity protection than the agreed PSN standards in use across the public sector. Making IL3 PSN services available will extend and speed up the growth of PSN so that departments can work together more effectively.

PSN is a single network, based on industry standards. It provides a foundation for government ICT and is being implemented across the UK public sector. The network allows government departments and other public sector organisations to share services safely and work together more efficiently.

In all, 588 public sector organisations are currently transitioning from the old GSi/GCSX Government Secure Network infrastructure to the new PSNnetwork. PSN Standards enable the sharing of services whilst ensuring a consistent level of information assurance.




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