“The Public Services Network (PSN) is the government’s high-performance network, which helps public sector organisations work together, reduce duplication and share resources. Public sector organisations can access PSN-compliant services over the PSN. Commercial service providers can sell services to public sector organisations on the PSN, but the service must be PSN compliant.” (Public Services Network - gov.uk)
Public Services Network, or PSN is designed to help public sector organisations work more cohesively together through sharing resources and reducing the duplication of the work. As it is a high performance network from the government, any public sector organisation can access the PSN-compliant services, although it should be noted that commercial service providers can sell to public sector services but the service has to be PSN-compliant.
In order to become PSN-compliant, a company must submit an IT Health Check (ITHC) report with their application. This ITHC report will detail any vulnerabilities found during testing of the environment requiring compliancy.
ProCheckUp has a long history in delivering ITHCs to local and central government bodies, producing high-quality reports which can be submitted to the PSN team to assess whether the environment tested is PSN-compliant as defined within the PSN Code of Connection (CoCo). As an NCSC-approved CHECK company, ProCheckUp is fully accredited to conduct assessments against the necessary networks and systems.
ProCheckUp Engagement lifecycle
Procheckup utilises a standard engagement model for all engagements which is defined below: -
Offering - Activities that take place before the execution of a consultancy assignment:
- Pre-sales and identification of client needs;
- Creation of an agreement, typically covering: - Context of the work - Services and deliverables - Approach and work plan - Roles and responsibilities.
Execution - Delivery of the services agreed at the offering stage to satisfy the client:
- Refining the work plan;
- Implementing the agreed work plan;
- Assignment of staff, management and mentoring;
- Approval and acceptance.
Closure - Activities that take place at the end of a consultancy assignment:
- Final client evaluation and agreement that the service has been delivered;
- Conclusion of obligations;
- Finalising payment;
- Any subsequent improvements to the service.
ProCheckUp ensures that all client engagement needs are met on an individual basis. For clients unsure of what should be included in testing, ProCheckUp can help in scoping ITHCs to ensure that adequate coverage is gained to satisfy PSN requirements.