The channel is being leaned on by public authoritiesdesperate to ensure they are compliant with the government’s Connect SecureExtranet (GSCx) as the revised deadline looms large.
The original plans had been to get councils and governmentdepartments compliant by 31 March but with that date proving to be toodifficult to reach for many things were pushed back until September.
In the last few weeks the signs of the channel responding tothe calls of desperate councils has started to emerge.
Networks First announced plans to extend a helping hand to thosecouncils that missed the deadline.
Failure to get ready means that the local authorities willnot be able to connect to the new secure government network.
“Authorities need tostart taking a more comprehensive approach to security and GCSx is hopefully goingto be the catalyst for this,” said Peter Titmus, managing director at NetworksFirst.
Vendors have been pushing security products that tick theboxes around encryption, secure back up and remote access but have expressedsome puzzlement as to why some public sector bodies have not got the message.
“Before the end of the original March deadline we receivedquite a few calls from local councils,” said Yurong Lin, CEO of Deepnet.