ForeScout helps expedite UK government agency compliance with PSN


ForeScout Technologies, a provider of pervasive network security solutions for Global 2000 enterprises and government organisations, has announced the availability of the UK PSN Compliance Package which combines the ForeScout CounterACT solution, services and pricing incentives for government authorities in the UK in order to secure unmanaged devices, preempt rogue device and unsanctioned application risks, and support compliance to PSN requirements.

The UK government continues to improve and ratify requirements for public sector organisations to take advantage of the Public Services Network (PSN) – an initiative to unify the network infrastructure across the UK public sector into an interconnected “network of networks” and to realise greater ICT service economies.

More recently, the Cabinet Office increased its PSN connection security measures, requiring organisations to demonstrate full compliance, else face potential disconnection and other penalties for non-compliance. This new ForeScout UK PSN Compliance Package offers special solution and promotional pricing for UK Government agencies to support compliance with the PSN Code of Connection (CoCo) in a cost-effective approach that optimises resource and supports government austerity efforts.

To comply with the PSN security directive, public sector organisations must demonstrate that unmanaged devices, including personal devices, cannot gain access to the PSN or PSN-connected systems and services, and organisations are advised to establish endpoint security specifications to be enforced within their published Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

ForeScout CounterACT addresses these challenges by leveraging CounterACT’s built-in ability to see, monitor and control what is happening on your network – across users, devices, and applications. ForeScout’s solution enables central agencies and local councils to meet and remain compliant to PSN security provisions, to support other security guidelines such as those found in ISO-27001 and PCI-DSS, and to generally reduce cyber attack risks.

“Our special government package allows any council or government organisation, regardless of size, to implement an integrated solution that supports PSN mandates in a timely and cost-effective way,” stated Peter Batchelor, ForeScout’s UK regional manager for public sector organisations. 

Related reading