Government security service seeks public sector guinea pigs for Windows technologies
The information security arm of GCHQ, CESG, has launched a competition for public authorities to trial Windows 10 technologies that are under-used in the public sector
The body said that the aim was to speed up their adoption by showing how they will improve staff members’ use of IT while maintaining security and meeting internal policies.
The scheme will initially look at five authentication technologies in the Windows 10 operating system. CSEG said it will be expanded to other technologies if it is a success.
CSEG is looking for local authorities, healthcare trusts, government departments and other bodies or sub-teams that handle official information.
It says that the main criteria for choosing candidates will be whether the organisation or team will provide a good case study for the rest of the sector.
Successful applicants will receive a technical expert from CSEG, advice on accreditation and Public Service Network compliance and £25,000 to spend on equipment, infrastructure, software licenses, and other support costs.
Organisations will be expected to produce a plan of key milestones for the implementation of the technology as well as plans of how they will use the time and money investments from both CSEG and internally.
They will also be required to produce a formal written case study at the end of the project.
The deadline to apply to the secure by default partnership programme is 31 July.
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