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August 12, 2013

Virgin Media Business extends PSN security accreditation

Public Services Network security rolled out across wider range of products.

By Ben Sullivan

Virgin Media Business has announced the extension of its Public Services Network (PSN) security accreditation across a wider range of products.

After being the first UK Company to earn the PSN accreditation in 2011, this third accreditation cements Virgin Media Business’ commitment to PSN and "extends what it can offer local authorities."

Jessica Hawkins, public sector technology analyst at Ovum, said: "As the wider public sector joins PSN, there will be opportunities for extensive collaboration across local and regional government.

"We believe that the greatest collaborative momentum on the PSN programme will be seen as public services come together (for example, health, police, and education with the local authority) to aggregate their requirements or to find ways to work together more efficiently.

"At that stage, we will see the approach to PSN move from "procure and comply" to Government’s objective of "connect and exploit."

The PSN aims to deliver "cost effective" ICT services and encourage greater collaboration across the public sector. Virgin Media Business has been utilising PSN through a number of projects, such as its work across Yorkshire and Humberside, which was one of the first PSN projects to launch in the country.

The project has so far connected up to 52 organisations in the region, helping deliver the services to 5.5 million people.

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By giving organisations the access to the same technology, purchasing costs have been spread more widely and information shared more freely between local public service providers.

Future audits scheduled also include National High Capacity Services and Ethernet offnet access.

"We believe the PSN model enables councils to meet their strict budget targets. Now that more of our product range has received accreditation, public sector organisations will be able to take advantage of the technology that’s already available in the private sector, enabling them to deliver slicker services whilst helping to watch the pennies," said Robert Parker, director, public sector, Virgin Media Business.

"With the Cabinet Office pressing organisations to use a cloud first policy, suppliers need to provide reassurance that their services meet the best security standards to provide PSN services and protect data."

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