Welcome back after the New Year!
Since the launch of G-Cloud in February 2011, accreditation has been an integral part of delivering cloud services securely to Government and the wider public sector. During that time we have reviewed the accreditation process once already. We initially took all of the services registered onto a G-Cloud framework and sorted them into tranches for accreditation. In August 2012 we adjusted our approach for accreditation prioritisation in order to give more suppliers the chance to start the process.
We have had some great successes as the first few services have achieved pan-government accreditation. As more services achieve accreditation status, we need to support competition in the marketplace. We must also ensure that our accreditation processes fit with new Government Security Classification. In addition some new guidance for Cloud service security principles was recently published as a public beta. Have a read and give us your feedback. Together with CESG, we are looking at how the accreditation process can be made simpler, clearer and faster.