Levett Consultancy Ltd

Amazon AWS Workspaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Using Amazon WorkSpaces allows you to easily provision cloud-based desktops and provide users access to the documents, applications, and resources they need from any supported device.

Features

  • Suits OFFICIAL (IL2) and OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE / HIGH workloads (IL3)
  • Available in 3 EU Regions (including London), and internationally
  • NCSC Cloud Security Principles aligned, Security Cleared (SC) staff available
  • Connectivity options: N3, HSCN, PSN, Police (ex-PNN), Janet, RLi, others
  • Fully managed secure desktop service
  • Integrates with AWS Key Management System for data encryption
  • Integrate with existing directories, or launch a new AWS Directory
  • Choose from a range of bundles / pre-configured applications

Benefits

  • Integrated role-based access control across all AWS services (IAM)
  • Comprehensive, cross service API audit logging and security (CloudTrail)
  • Integration with other AWS services (24x7 support and consolidated billing)
  • Training and architectural patterns/guidance (well architected)
  • Simple to use, no need to manage complex VDI infrastructure
  • Quick to provision - workspaces available within minutes
  • Support a range of devices (PC, Mac, Tablet, Thin Clients)
  • Restrict access to Workspaces via IP Access Control Group.

Pricing

£7.86 per user per month

Service documents

G-Cloud 11

364766890632855

Levett Consultancy Ltd

Joanne Levett

01279 799256

tenders@levettconsultancy.co.uk

Service scope

Service scope
Software add-on or extension No
Cloud deployment model Public cloud
Service constraints N/A - Workspaces is now available in London region
System requirements N/A

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times AWS Support case response time depends on severity. The support response times for Developer, Business and Enterprise Support tiers are listed below:

Developer:
General guidance cases < 24 business hours; system impaired cases < 12 business hours.

Business:
General guidance cases < 24 hours; system impaired cases < 12 hours; production system impaired cases < 4 hours; production system down cases
< 1 hour.

Enterprise:
General guidance cases < 24 hours; system impaired cases < 12 hours; production system impaired cases < 4 hours; production system down cases < 1 hour; business-critical system down cases < 15 minutes
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility None or don’t know
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support Yes, at an extra cost
Web chat support availability 24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support accessibility standard None or don’t know
How the web chat support is accessible 1. Suits OFFICIAL 2. Available in 5 EU Regions (including the UK) and internationally 3. NCSC Cloud Security Principles aligned, Security Cleared (SC) staff available 4. Connectivity options: N3, HSCN, PSN, Police (ex-PNN), Janet, RLi, others 5. Deploy into automated Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) architectures
6. Elastic, web-scale computing made easier for developers 7. Multiple pricing options: spot, reserved, on-demand (per-second billing) 8. Configurations from 512MB to 12TB RAM, 1 to 128 vCPUs 9. Tools to build failure resilient and scalable applications 10. Support for Microsoft Windows, RedHat, SUSE, CentOS, Ubuntu and more
Web chat accessibility testing N/A
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels Basic
24/7 customer service, support forums, 4 Core “Trusted Adviser” checks, personal health dashboard. No TAM. Free

Developer:
As above + business hours access to technical/architural Cloud Support Associates via email (one primary contact). No TAM. 3%x monthly AWS usage.

Business:
As above + 24/7 access to Cloud Support Engineers via email, chat and phone for unlimited contacts; architecture, 3rd party software and programmatic case management support. TAM. Greater of $100 or spend-dependent percentage (pm).

Enterprise
As above, plus architectural review, operations support, training, assigned concierge, proactive guidance, TAM. Greater of $15,000 or spend-dependent percentage (pm).
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started AWS provides a range of resources to help customers get started on our services. These include: comprehensive documentation (in multiple formats), introductory videos, hands-on labs, online and in-person training, access to a large ecosystem of partners and support from the public sector account team.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats Kinde
End-of-contract data extraction Data may be copied out using OS-level tools (such as xopy or rsync).
End-of-contract process Buyer may terminate the relationship with Supplier for any reason by (i) providing Supplier with notice and (ii) closing Buyers account for all services for which Supplier provide an account closing mechanism.

Buyers pay for the services they use to the point of account termination. Please see the AWS UK G-Cloud 11 Pricing Document affiliated with this Service in the Digital Marketplace.

Supplier customers retain control and ownership of their data. Supplier will not erase customer data for 30 days following an account termination. This allows customers to retrieve content from Supplier services so long as the customer has paid any charges for any post-termination use of the service offerings and all other amounts due.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Supported browsers
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
Application to install Yes
Compatible operating systems
  • Android
  • IOS
  • MacOS
  • Windows
  • Other
Designed for use on mobile devices Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service N/A
API Yes
What users can and can't do using the API Create and manage workspaces. Amazon Workspaces themselves are a GUI and are accessed accordingly.
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment Yes
Customisation available Yes
Description of customisation Yes - The user can install their own applications into the workspace

Scaling

Scaling
Independence of resources Customer environments are logically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them.

Services which provide virtualized operational environments to customers (i.e. EC2) ensure that customers are segregated via security management processes/controls at the network and hypervisor level.

AWS continuously monitors service usage to project infrastructure needs to support availability commitments/requirements. AWS maintains a capacity planning model to assess infrastructure usage and demands at least monthly, and usually more frequently. In addition, the AWS capacity planning model supports the planning of future demands to acquire and implement additional resources based upon current resources and forecasted requirements.

Analytics

Analytics
Service usage metrics Yes
Metrics types CPU, Disk, HTTP, Network, Active Instances, Other
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold Amazon AWS with Levett Consultancy Services

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
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
  • Other locations
User control over data storage and processing locations Yes
Datacentre security standards Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest Other
Other data at rest protection approach AWS adheres to independently validated privacy, data protection, security protections and control processes. (Listed under “certifications”).

AWS is responsible for the security of the cloud; customers are responsible for security in the cloud. AWS enables customers to control their content (where it will be stored, how it will be secured in transit or at rest, how access to their AWS environment will be managed).

Wherever appropriate, AWS offers customers options to add additional security layers to data at rest, via scalable and efficient encryption features. AWS offers flexible key management options and dedicated hardware-based cryptographic key storage.
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data importing and exporting
Data export approach Using image import/export, packaging applications
Data export formats Other
Other data export formats Using image import/export, packaging applications WAM
Data import formats Other
Other data import formats Using image import/export, packaging applications WAM

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
  • Bonded fibre optic connections
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network Other
Other protection within supplier network Customer environments are logically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. AWS gives customers ownership and control over their content by design through simple, but powerful tools that allow customers to determine how their content will be secured in transit.
AWS enables customers to open a secure, encrypted channel to AWS services using TLS/SSL, and/or IPsec or TLS VPN (if applicable), or other means of protection the customer wish to use.
API calls can be encrypted with TLS/SSL to maintain confidentiality; the AWS Console connection is encrypted with TLS.

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability AWS currently provides SLAs for several services. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of AWS’s product offerings, SLAs are best reviewed directly on our website via the link below: https://aws.amazon.com/legal/service-level-agreements/

Well-architected solutions on AWS that leverage AWS Service SLA’s and unique AWS capabilities such as multiple Availability Zones, can ease the burden of achieving specific SLA requirements.
Approach to resilience The AWS Business Continuity plan details the process that AWS follows in the case of an outage, from detection to deactivation. AWS has developed a three-phased approach: Activation and Notification Phase, Recovery Phase, and Reconstitution Phase. This approach ensures that AWS performs system recovery and reconstitution efforts in a methodical sequence, maximizing the effectiveness of the recovery and reconstitution efforts and minimizing system outage time due to errors and omissions.

AWS maintains a ubiquitous security control environment across all regions. Each data centre is built to physical, environmental, and security standards in an active-active configuration, employing an n+1 redundancy model, ensuring system availability in the event of component failure. Components (N) have at least one independent backup component. All data centres are online and serving traffic. In case of failure, there is sufficient capacity to enable traffic to be load-balanced to the remaining sites.

Customers are responsible for implementing contingency planning, training and testing for their systems hosted on AWS. AWS provides customers with the capability to implement a robust continuity plan, including the utilization of frequent server instance back-ups, data redundancy replication, and the flexibility to place instances and store data within multiple geographic regions across multiple Availability Zones.
Outage reporting Public dashboard; personalised dashboard with API and events; configurable alerting (email / SMS / messaging)

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication needed Yes
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Other user authentication AWS’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) system controls access to AWS services/resources. No actions are permissible without authentication. IAM facilitates the issuance of access permissions per user/group. MFA is available at no extra cost.

AWS CoudTrail allows you to log, continuously monitor and retain events related to API calls across your AWS infrastructure.
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels IAM provides user access control to AWS services, APIs and specific resources. Other controls include time, originating IP address, SSL use, and whether users authenticated via MFA devices.

API calls to launch/terminate instances, change firewalls, and perform other functions are signed by customers’ Amazon Secret Access Key (either the root AWS Account’s Secret Access Key or the Secret Access key of a user created with AWS IAM). Amazon EC2 API calls cannot be made on customers’ behalf without access to customers’ Secret Access Ke.

API calls can be encrypted with TLS/SSL for confidentiality and customers can use TLS/SSL-protected API endpoints.
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication 2-factor authentication

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 User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information You control when users can access 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 EY CertifyPoint
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 12/03/2018
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover N/A
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date 12/03/2018
CSA STAR certification level Level 2: CSA STAR Attestation
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover N/A
PCI certification Yes
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification Coalfire Systems Inc
PCI DSS accreditation date 25/01/2018
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover N/A
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • ISO 27017
  • ISO 27018
  • SOC 1/2/3

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards Cyber Essentials Plus; ISO 27017; ISO 27018;
Information security policies and processes AWS implements formal, documented policies and procedures that provide guidance for operations and information security within the organisation. Policies address purpose, scope, roles, responsibilities and management commitment.

Employees maintain policies in a centralised and accessible location. AWS Security Assurance is responsible for familiarizing employees with the AWS security policies.

AWS has established information security functions that are aligned with defined structure, reporting lines, and responsibilities. Leadership involvement provides clear direction and visible support for security initiatives.

The output of AWS Leadership reviews include any decisions or actions related to:

• Improvement of the effectiveness of the ISMS.
• Update of the risk assessment and treatment plan.
• Modification of procedures and controls that affect information security to respond to internal or external events that may impact the ISMS.
• Resource needs.
• Improvement in how the effectiveness of controls is measured.

Policies are approved by AWS leadership at least annually or following a significant change to the AWS environment.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach Changes to AWS services and features follow secure software development practices, including security risk reviews prior to launch. Developer access to production environments is via explicit access system requests, subject to owner review and authorisation.

Teams set bespoke change management standards per service, underpinned by standard AWS guidelines.

All production environment changes are reviewed, tested and approved. Stages include design, documentation, implementation (including rollback procedures), testing (non-production environment), peer to peer review (business impact/technical rigour/code), final approval by authorised party.

Emergency changes follow AWS incident response procedures. Exceptions to change management processes are documented and escalated to AWS management.
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach AWS Security performs vulnerability scans on the host operating system, web applications, and databases in the AWS environment. Approved 3rd party vendors conduct external assessments (minimum frequency: quarterly). Identified vulnerabilities are monitored and evaluated. Countermeasures are designed and implemented to neutralise known/newly identified vulnerabilities.

AWS Security monitors newsfeeds/vendor sites for patches and receives customer intelligence via http://aws.amazon.com/security/vulnerability-reporting/.

AWS customers are responsible for all scanning, penetration testing, file integrity monitoring and intrusion detection for their Amazon EC2 and Amazon ECS instances/ applications. Scans should include customer IP addresses (not AWS endpoints). AWS endpoint testing is part of AWS compliance vulnerability scans.
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach AWS deploys (pan-environmental) monitoring devices to collect information on unauthorized intrusion attempts, usage abuse, network/application bandwidth usage. Devices monitor:

• Port scanning attacks
• Usage (CPU, processes, disk utilization, swap rates, software-error generated losses)
• Application metrics
• Unauthorized connection attempts

Near real-time alerts flag incidents, based on AWS Service/Security Team- set thresholds.

Requests to AWS KMS are logged and visible via the account’s AWS CloudTrail Amazon S3 bucket. Logs provide request information, under which CMK, and identify the AWS resource protected through the CMK use. Log events are visible to customers after turning on AWS CloudTrail in their account.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach AWS adopts a three-phased approach to manage incidents:

1. Activation and Notification Phase
2. Recovery Phase
3. Reconstitution Phase

To ensure the effectiveness of the AWS Incident Management plan, AWS conducts incident response testing, providing excellent coverage for the discovery of defects and failure modes as well as testing the systems for potential customer impact.

The Incident Response Test Plan is executed annually, in conjunction with the Incident Response plan. It includes multiple scenarios, potential vectors of attack, the inclusion of the systems integrator in reporting and coordination and varying reporting/detection avenues.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Public sector networks

Public sector networks
Connection to public sector networks No

Pricing

Pricing
Price £7.86 per user per month
Discount for educational organisations Yes
Free trial available Yes
Description of free trial https://aws.amazon.com/free
Link to free trial https://aws.amazon.com/free

Service documents

pdf document: Pricing document pdf document: Terms and conditions
Service documents
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