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May 23, 2013

UK Government Awards Skyscape Cloud Services with $2.3M Security Contract

British cloud company Skyscape Cloud Services has won a $2.3 million contract to provide security for the background check system British citizens use to reveal any criminal records to prospective employers.

The new contract comes on the heels of the U.K. government’s new “Public Cloud First” policy, which requires all central government departments to purchase IT directly from the G-Cloud Framework, and is part of the government’s strategy to position cloud services as the primary channel through which public sector organizations procure IT.

The Home Office (which is the U.K. equivalent to the Department of Justice) is phasing out older processes set up to do that in favor of a new online system called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS runs on the new unified public sector URL, GOV.UK, according to Information Week.

Skyscape, which markets itself as offering “assured” cloud to the high Impact Level 3 (IL3) level to government and other public sector users, said that no user data ever leaves its U.K.-based data centers, which is an important fact to promote in a country where security fears have hindered widespread adoption of the cloud.

“This is a significant step forward for the use of cloud in Britain, as this is one of the first public-facing, front office apps on GOV.UK that will use cloud,” said Skyscape CEO Phil Dawson.

Since the launch of G-Cloud, U.K. public sector organizations have experienced significant cost savings through the cloud – often between 70-90 percent over traditional delivery methods, according to Dawson.

“It is clear from the recent announcements that the government cloud market is quickly maturing, which can only be good news for the U.K. public sector, the tax payer and British citizens, who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of agile, low cost ICT, which will quickly deliver the required services,” Dawson said.

Skyscape is currently working on over 100 projects across central government, local authorities, police, healthcare and other publicly funded bodies.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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