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UK public sector IT grapples with cloud computing security risks
This article is part of the October 2011 issue of IT in Europe
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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