Resilient, available systems are critical to the many services that Government Departments reply upon and which they often provide as services to citizens. In the UK there has been decades of investment in information technology to deliver these capabilities.
As time has passed, systems have been deployed independently to groups, departments and ministries. The interconnections of these discrete systems have become progressively more complex. With internet connectivity and the provision of separate government-facing and public-facing systems access, an age of malicious and accidental hacking has emerged, both of which cause disruption and the erosion of user confidence when things go wrong.
DELIVERING IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Xpertex has provided a range of security cleared specialists and services who, in recent years, have focused on reducing the vulnerability of systems to attack and ensuring that the disruption or degradation of services and capabilities is minimised. We have done this in close working relationships with civil servants and other IT systems integrators and vendors, whilst ensuring we remain focused on the aims and objectives of our government clients.
Despite the ongoing economic challenges, which have caused significant impact across the public sector, our central government clients, such as the Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and related agencies, have seen a sharp increase in focus on IT infrastructure to be as operationally efficient and effective as possible. Xpertex has worked with senior civil servants and their permanent staff technologists to deliver critical programmes within this context of reduced budgets, increased demand due to external national security and international factors, and the need to maintain ‘business as usual’ services.
We have contracting arrangements with several government departments and have a high proportion of security cleared staff.
Much of the intellectual property and expertise we brought to our government engagements also address problems faced in local councils, critical national infrastructure providers, international business and even small and medium sized enterprises. Many of these sectors can benefit significantly from employing the best practices that Xpertex has helped to refine and which now form aspects of ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials.
Our aim is to continue to bring our research and innovations to our government colleagues, always working closely with their staff and other suppliers, to ensure that we can address the current and future challenges in a flexible and responsive manner.
We are also proud to be a listed supplier on the G-Cloud 11 Framework.