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UK public sector IT grapples with cloud computing security risks
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of October 2011
Large-scale government IT projects have proved a huge failure, so could the cloud offer a viable – and secure – solution? The reputation of UK public sector IT has never been lower. A July report from the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), the Parliamentary group that monitors the quality and standards of administration within the Civil Service, ominously called “Government and IT - A Recipe for Rip-Offs”, painted a grim picture of how IT projects are currently run. Its main charge was that a small group of major systems integrators had cornered the market in big public-sector IT projects, and the civil service has lost most of its IT skills, becoming a passive customer that blindly accepts what it is given by its suppliers. The committee uncovered some astonishing examples of over-charging as well, such as the government department that paid £3,500 each for its PCs. But the report’s primary theme is the declaration that the government’s whole process for procuring IT projects was fatally flawed. It listed several ...
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Features in this issue
While UK companies seem eager to move to the cloud with little thought for security, industry bodies are trying to raise awareness of the risks.
Attorney Stewart Room discusses three critical focus areas that will help organizations avoid cloud computing legal issues and SLA conflicts.
Can UK public sector IT overcome its fear of cloud computing risks in order to reap badly needed savings?
Columns in this issue
UK Bureau Chief Ron Condon says by promoting the use of cloud computing in IT, infosec pros have a chance to finally say ‘yes.’