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Whether it's DPA, GDPR, PSN CoCo or GCloud framework, our wide range of skillset and experience assures public sector organisations to utilize the latest technology and manage the risks.

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Whether it's tax return, driving license, passport number or other sensitive information, public sector and/or government systems are an attractive target for cybercriminals. For the public sector, stakes are high. As per our learning throughout the years, the two most threat implications are:

  • Loss of Sensitive Information - Public sector and government organisations hold a lot of sensitive information around individuals. These include tax returns, addresses, date of birth, NI numbers, contact information, past history including health, criminal records.
  • Data Availability - Implications of corrupt data due to ransomware, or related cyber security threats could lead to disastrous effect on services and/or individuals.

Key Challenges - Public Sector

Since the high-profile incidents for the last few years, public sector organisations are either starting or have started thinking proactively regarding cyber security and data protection measures. This not only assures stakeholders, but also reduces the attack surface of the organisation in question.

Given that the public sector is also the target sector for nation state attacks, use of the latest technology with the right balance of security and usability are the key ingredients for business growth. Main challenges faced by public sector organisations:

  • Is cyber security strategy led from the top (Senior management)?
  • Does cyber security success mean more than compliance achievements?
  • How often you validate your controls, and third party assessments before/during major upgrades?

By stress testing your people, processes and technology, an organisation can assess how well they are prepared for cyber threats to their assets.

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Compliance - PSN, GCloud 11

GCloud 11

UK Government's G-Cloud framework enabled public sector organisations to procure services such as Defendza's on government-approved short-term contracts through an online market place called Digital Marketplace. 

With this presence at the marketplace, Defendza's services are intended to help public sector organisations with the security expertise to boost their defences. To find our services, please search for Defendza under 'Cloud Support' at Digital Marketplace.

PSN (Public Services Network) Compliance

As per official wording, the PSN uses a "walled garden" approach allowing controlled access to internet content and shared services (within government and related agencies). PSN compliance is sought by local government bodies such as councils to ensure their data is protected as per suppliers' requirements. Scope of the PSN compliance assessments is set up in two areas i.e. external (internet facing) and internal (internally exposed) testing. For all non-central government customers, Defendza being an approved CREST service provider offers a range of services detailed here.

Compliance - GDPR, DPA

DPA (Data Protection Act)

The DPA 2018 sets out the framework for data protection law in the UK. It updates and replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, and came into effect on 25 May 2018. It sits alongside the GDPR and tailors how the GDPR applies in the UK - for example by providing exemptions. Further information on how we are helping our customers with GDPR requirements is here.


The GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679. It sets out the key principles, rights and obligations for most processing of personal data – but it does not apply to processing for law enforcement purposes, or to areas outside EU law such as national security or defense. Further information on how we are helping our customers with GDPR requirements is here.

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Iran infiltrates UK institutions in state spying attack


News has surfaced today of an attack in late December 2018 on key elements of UK infrastructure, including the Post Office, local government networks and banks, by what is believed to be Iranian hackers.

Airport email scam thwarted by UK's cyber-defender NCSC


An attempt to defraud thousands of people using a bogus email from a UK airport was one of a range of cyber-attacks prevented last year. The scam used a fake address, but the messages were prevented from ever reaching their intended recipients.