Aristi along with it’s partner the Amor Group and customer South West Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) which consists of Cornwall, Dorset, Devon & Somerset, Wiltshire and Avon have finally received recognition for their hard work. They have been shortlisted for the prestigious SC 2013 Awards Europe in the category of ‘Information Sercurity Project of the Year’ amoungst firece competition from Barclaycard, Sentinels, KPMG and RandomStorm.
The project in question is the South West FRS ‘Secure Information Interchange Programme’ which received £1.1m of funding from South West Councils.
The programme goals are to:-
- Improve the security culture of the FRSs from a fairly low level to one where all FRSs can comply with UK HMG standards for handling and processing personal and other sensitive information
- Enable the secure, timely and cost effective sharing of up to date information between SW FRSs and with their partners such as the Police, local authorities and NHS
- Connect the FRSs to the new Public Services Network (PSN) to take advantage of secure cloud computing
Raising FRSs’ policies, procedures, systems, governance and IT infrastructure up to the stringent requirements of UK HMG standards would not have been possible without adopting a collaborative approach. This has enabled considerable savings to be made in collaborative procurements and the development of common policies and procedures.
The South West FRSs are now seen by their peers as leaders in information assurance within the Fire Service Sector and have paved the way for other services to follow. They have produced a collection of comprehensive, honest and realistic case studies which highlight the key lessons learned from each of the phases of the project. These case studies will ensure that other services do not have to reinvent the wheel when embarking on similar programmes.
Harj Singh, Managing Director of Aristi commented: “To be shortlisted for this prestigious award is a great achievement and testament to the enormous progress made by the South West FRSs over the last two years. They have not only embraced new technologies but changed the way they work. Information security has been embedded into business processes resulting in the improved management of information risk and the delivery of an information assurance function that is pragmatic, appropriate and cost effective in meeting the business need,. The FRSs have become a real showcase for the UK Fire Services and a model that other will look up to.”
The winner is due to be announced on 23rd April so watch this space!