FCO Services

Public Cloud Hosting

FCO Services’ Public Cloud Hosting solution delivers Tier 1 (OFFICIAL) resources such as virtual machines, applications or storage hosted in UK Geo-located vendor datacentres. Best practice for accessing cloud resources securely and efficiently, delivering cost savings for our government clients, and with full service management from our security cleared staff

Features

  • All the features available in public cloud
  • Additional monitoring of service 24x7x365 by UK security cleared staff
  • Incident Management 24x7x365
  • Offer both AWS and Azure public cloud
  • 100% staff security cleared
  • Designed and operated with security in mind

Benefits

  • In government partner
  • Peace of mind
  • ISO accredited 9001, 20000 and 27001
  • Service Desk available 24x7x365

Pricing

£440 per person per day

Service documents

Framework

G-Cloud 11

Service ID

2 0 1 1 7 7 7 2 4 4 1 1 4 8 5

Contact

FCO Services

Elizabeth Arneill

01908 515789

lizarneill.dosframework@fcos.gov.uk

Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints Unknown - dependent on vendor purchase
System requirements None

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Based on the priority of the ticket, FCO Services can respond within 30 minutes on a 24x7/365 basis.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets No
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support No
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels The FCO Services Global Support Centre (GSC) acts as the single point of contact for the receipt of all interactions, incidents and service requests from the Customer’s nominated representative (s) with the service capable of delivering operational support and management on a 24x7x365 basis.
Standard GSC Operational hours: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri excl. UK public holidays
Accepted methods of contact include customer contact via telephone and email which may result in the subsequent creation of an incident or service request.
The GSC can be contacted for support by customers in either one of two ways
1. By telephone
2. Via email with the customer utilising an FCO Services defined template for email communications
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started FCO Services can provide training for users and administrators as required; this can come in multiple formats such as: floor-walkers or training documentation.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats PDF
End-of-contract data extraction FCO Services can provide support and professional services to facilitate the customer's requirements
End-of-contract process At the end of the contract, the customer's environment/solution will be deleted.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface No
API No
Command line interface No

Scaling

Scaling
Scaling available Yes
Scaling type Manual
Independence of resources As per AWS/Azure Public Cloud offering for resource management.
FCO Service resource capacity management is delivered in accordance to customer's SLAs
Usage notifications Yes
Usage reporting
  • Email
  • Other

Analytics

Analytics
Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • Memory
  • Number of active instances
Reporting types
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold Microsoft, Amazon

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Asset protection
Knowledge of data storage and processing locations Yes
Data storage and processing locations United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations No
Datacentre security standards Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency At least once a year
Penetration testing approach In-house
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Backup and recovery Yes
What’s backed up
  • VM
  • Files
Backup controls FCO services manage all back-ups
Datacentre setup Multiple datacentres
Scheduling backups Supplier controls the whole backup schedule
Backup recovery Users contact the support team

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability As per AWS/Azure published availability SLA
Approach to resilience Use of AWS/Azure availablity zones
Outage reporting FCO Services takes a customer centric, integrated, approach for event, incident, problem and change management activities where any outages, planned or unplanned, involve prompt and efficient customer notification through the appropriate channels of communication.
FCO Services provide all options for outage reporting: dashboard, API and email alerts.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google apps)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Other user authentication FCO Services EUD standard authentication is username and password for non administrative accounts, with Bitlocker used to secure device access; further authentication can be applied in accordance with customer requirements.
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Role-based Access Control with support staff mandated to use 2FA from only designated and assured-devices
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Description of management access authentication FCO Services standard authentication is username and password for non administrative accounts, with Bitlocker used to secure device access; further authentication can be applied in accordance with customer requirements.
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device on a government network (for example PSN)
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)

Audit information for users

Audit information for users
Access to user activity audit information Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for Less than 1 month
Access to supplier activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 BSI
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 14/1/2019
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover This is in scope:
FCO Services Global Digital Technology including infrastructure, development, operations and support for Secure Managed and hosted IT Services holding information up to "OFFICIAL" tier of the UK Government's classification scheme in accordance with statement of Applicability dated 27 July 2018.
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • ISO 20000
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 22301

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes The applications will process and store data classified as OFFICIAL in the Government Security Classification scheme.
FCO Services adheres to the following ISO standards:
* 27001 (Information Security Management)
* 20000 (Service Management System)
* 9001 (Quality Management)
* 22301 (Business Continuity Management)
* Cyber Essentials Plus.

As well as aligning to the ITIL framework for managing and delivering FCO Services products and services.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach The FCOS Configuration Management System is used to manage and maintain FCOS Products, Services and Components as well as associated customer assets and services.
A standardised data model of technical and non-technical components ensures Configuration Items are managed in a consistent controlled manner aiding the evaluation of impacts and risks during the Change Management process.
Our Change Management capability is used for service introduction, retirement, patching and additional enhancements/changes. By utilising a consistent, structured approach, we're able to mitigate the risks associated with change whilst ensuring timely and appropriate communications with customers in relation to potentially service impacting change events.
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach FCO Services vulnerability management approach is aligned to meet the Information Assurance requirements expected by all HMG organisations as well as international standards for information Security management (e.g. Cabinet Office Security Policy Framework, ISO/IEC 27001:203).
This ensures that both internal and client systems managed by FCO Services are subject to standard procedures for the identification of vulnerabilities as well as the safe and timely installation of patches with maximum permitted timescales. Patches are prioritised dependent upon categorisation of systems under FCO Services management responsibility with vulnerabilities systematically assessed and remediated on timescales ranging from immediate to 4 weeks.
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach FCO Services availability management is delivered on a specific product basis with each specific product having its own availability target. Service availability targets and performance reporting are supported using an integrated approach consisting of event, incident, problem and change management.
Availability targets are monitored and reported with any outages impacting the availability targets logged and tracked in a standardised, consistent manner.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach FCO Services’ Global Support Centre acts as the single point of contact for all interactions, incidents and service requests from the customer, with the service capable of delivering operational support and management on a 24x7x365 basis.
The primary objective for incident management is the use of structured incident management activities to identify and resolve service quality issues within service level targets agreed during initial customer engagement.
The GSC can support multiple contact methods which include direct interaction with the customer end-user or desk-desk interaction which triages calls before allocation to FCO Services.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Supplier-defined process

Separation between users

Separation between users
Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart Yes
Who implements virtualisation Supplier
Virtualisation technologies used VMware
How shared infrastructure is kept separate Each customer is provisioned with its own environment isolated from other customers with its own resources and capacity.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes
Description of energy efficient datacentres AWS and Azure UK datacentres advertise about their energy efficient datacentres on their respective websites.

Pricing

Pricing
Price £440 per person per day
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available No

Service documents

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