Internet firm McAfee has released a technical guide to achieving Public Sector Network security compliance – available exclusively on PublicTechnology.net.
The white paper has been produced in collaboration with experts from government, academia and the ICT industry, and offers guidance to help understand the government’s requirements.
Graeme Stewart, director at McAfee, part of Intel Security, said that the document attempts to fill a gap that exists in clear security guidelines for public sector bodies connecting to the PSN.
He said: “Many public sector bodies in the central and local government arenas have already begun or completed their transition.
“As it rolls out further across the public sector, it will be of greater importance that users, and businesses, recognise its security requirements.
“This document therefore tries to serve this purpose, attempting to clarify some of the security requirements around PSN connection and provide practical advice on how this can be achieved.”
The document covers issues including, network diagrams, ICT health checks, PSN code templates and annex B to the code template.
Vendor-neutral technical guidance in the document relates to:
- Information security and risk management strategies
- Secure system configuration management strategies
- Protective monitoring and incident response
- Network and boundary security strategy
The white paper is available exclusively on PublicTechnology.net for a week before it is released more widely.