Civica UK Limited

Managed Services for UKCloud

Civica will help you get the best out of your secure UKCloud cloud platform, providing a comprehensive managed service, allowing you to focus on your users and services. Our management, monitoring and support services manage solutions hosted on UKCloud for Azure and private cloud Assured and Elevated tiers.

Features

  • Managed Service underpinned by a Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • Monthly reporting and quarterly service reviews
  • Service adoption/transition/migration projects
  • Managed private cloud platforms at Assured and Elevated tiers
  • Application management, DevOps, support and maintenance
  • Secure architecture design, management and guidance
  • Security cleared staff (BPSS, SC and DV Clearance)
  • Cloud service monitoring, patching, configuration and optimisation
  • Service configuration via ARM, Ansible, Puppet and Chef
  • Up to 24/7 service desk and support engineering

Benefits

  • Agile: DevOps and configuration provisioning and management
  • Flexible: a range of service levels and capabilities
  • Highly resilient Tier 3, UK sovereign data centres
  • Secure: process and people for OFFICIAL and OFFICIAL SENSITIVE services
  • Certified: established UKCloud and Microsoft partners
  • Comprehensive: management of platform, OS and application services
  • Technology: support for Microsoft, Java and node.js application stacks
  • Cost efficient: scale your platform up/down based on need
  • Release resources: we take on responsibility, freeing your engineers
  • Scope: portals, web applications, legacy integration/modernisation, enterprise content management

Pricing

£1 per unit per month

Service documents

Framework

G-Cloud 11

Service ID

5 0 8 0 6 3 4 8 2 1 4 5 5 6 2

Contact

Civica UK Limited

Civica UK Limited

01132441404

g-cloud@civica.co.uk

Service scope

Service constraints
None
System requirements
None

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Yes, at extra cost
Support response times
Please contact Civica for details.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
No
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Civica offers four levels of support ranging from working hours only to full 24x7 support. Our standard Silver service response times depend on the severity of the incident and are as follows:
•Severity Level 1 - Critical 10 mins to acknowledge, 1 hour to respond, 1 day to resolve;
•Severity Level 2 - Severe 10 mins to acknowledge, 1 hour to respond, 3 days to resolve;
•Severity Level 3 - Disruptive 10 mins to acknowledge, 2 hours to respond, reasonable 5 days to resolve;
•Severity Level 4- Minor 10 mins to acknowledge, 2 hours to respond, reasonable effort to resolve.
Support available to third parties
Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
During initiation the Civica Delivery Manager (DM) assesses what help, support and training users require to start using the service. The DM works closely with the customer to agree an on-boarding plan that ensures users are ready to start using the service, typically priced from the SFIA rate card. The on-boarding plan may incorporate the following: Support Documentation – availability and access to online user support documentation and resources. Cloud Induction Training for system administrators and online product help. Provides the skills to run cloud services. Cloud Standard Training in the core system for system champions and end users. Covers system administration, security and cloud service monitoring/managing. Cloud Specialist Training – advanced training for system champions. This may involve Accredited Courses from Civica Cloud delivery partners including Google, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. Cloud Training Packages, tailored package of training for specific business requirements for system administrators, business managers, and end users. The Delivery Manager also facilitates skills transfer throughout the project and provides access to Civica Knowledge Sharing activities including supplier briefings, Webinars.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats
Video & Webinars
End-of-contract data extraction
Termination period depends on the payment model. When paying per user per month, customers may terminate their G-Cloud service with 30 days’ notice. When buying an enterprise licence, the minimum term is a year. Customers can terminate their service by contacting Civica in writing. Customers may request all associated data is extracted and provided securely to a destination of their choice (see pricing for charges associated with data extraction). If no data extraction is requested, then the associated data will be deleted within 5 working days of service termination. The three step off-boarding process is: 1. Termination Notification – one month termination notice sent; 2. Data Extraction – Optimal Data Extraction for Test Migration; 3. Service Termination – All Data Wiped.
End-of-contract process
For monthly contracts, Civica require 30 days’ notice to terminate a G-Cloud service. When buying an enterprise annual licence, the minimum term is a year and 3 months’ written notice must be provided. At the end of the contract, the service will be turned off unless the customer decides to extract their data as per the extraction process detailed above. Customers will be credited for any amount that has been paid beyond the termination date once the service has been terminated subject to minimum terms.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Using the web interface
We provide a control panel allowing users to provision, manage and decommission various aspects of this service. It also allows users to interface with the UKCloud service management system including raising tickets and requests. The web interface also provides access to a comprehensive set of documentation and videos. Launch, manage and delete virtual network, compute and storage resources. Display network topology. Manage images including creation and recover of backups. Control access and security including key pairs, API access and floating IPs. Manage load balancers.
Web interface accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible
The web interface is accessible using the most common web browsers and is delivered over various public and private networks including the internet, PSN, N3/HSCN and Janet. The web interface is protected by standards-based encryption, two-factor authentication and optionally IP address restrictions. The web interface is entirely HTML5 and does not require any auxilary plug-ins, therefore the web interface is accessible by any modern day desktop or mobile internet browser able to support secure HTTPS connections.
Web interface accessibility testing
None
API
Yes
What users can and can't do using the API
You can use API calls to create, manage and monitor Service Requests and view information about the components of your environment. We provide native access to underlying APIs such as vCloud and OpenStack. These are compatible with tools such as Terraform and platforms such as AWS S3.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
API documentation
Yes
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
Command line interface
Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface
Customers can full manage their virtual infrastructure resources including compute, storage and networking, including management of virtual images, programmatically or manually via the CLI

Scaling

Scaling available
Yes
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources
In order to guarantee that users are not affected by the demands from other users, we use resource reservations and shares such as internet bandwidth shaping. In addition, the capacity planning team ensure that usage in terms of all resources are constantly monitored and increased accordingly relating to user demand.
Usage notifications
No

Analytics

Infrastructure or application metrics
Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • Memory
  • Number of active instances
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Reports on request

Resellers

Supplier type
Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold
UKCloud

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

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
Yes
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
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
Data sanitisation process
Yes
Data sanitisation type
Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach
Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Yes
What’s backed up
All UKCloud services can be backed up
Backup controls
Customers can choose what backup model they would like to use at the time of configuration. This model dictates the location, frequency and retention of the backups.
Datacentre setup
Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups
Users schedule backups through a web interface
Backup recovery
  • Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface
  • Users contact the support team

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
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
UKCloud has different models of contractually guaranteed availability depending on the service taken. The lowest of these is 99.9% based on 24 x 7 availability. Civica’s service desk is available 09:00am – 5:30pm UK Working Days. If you would like service levels to apply outside of normal service hours, then please contact us with your requirements. Civica will act as the customer’s agent to liaise with UKCloud to resolve issues. UKCloud pay service credits directly if the cloud platform does not meet pre-defined service levels. Civica will pass onto the customer any service credits received from UKCloud.
Approach to resilience
The UKCloud service is deployed across a number of sites, regions and zones. Each zone is designed to eliminate single points of failure (such as power, network and hardware). Customers are encouraged to ensure their solution spans multiple sites, regions or zones to ensure service continuity should a failure occur.
Outage reporting
All outages will be reported via the Service Status page and the notifications service within the UKCloud Portal.  Outages are identified as Planned maintenance, Emergency maintenance, and platform issues.

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
For online systems (e.g. Customer Portal & API interfaces), all users are required to have a unique username, password and memorable word combination. Customers may also use 2FA authentication tokens.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device on a government network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks
  • 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)
  • Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months
How long system logs are stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
Alcumus ISOQAR Ltd
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
4th May 2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
Civica's ISO27001 certificate covers the full breadth of services that we deliver. The certificate does not extend to the inner workings of the UKCloud Data Centres but these are covered by UKCloud's ISO27001 certificate.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date
28/10/2016
CSA STAR certification level
Level 1: CSA STAR Self-Assessment
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover
None
PCI certification
No
Other security certifications
Yes
Any other security certifications
Cyber Essentials Plus

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
Civica is ISO27001 accredited. It has decades of experience in delivering highly-secure, business critical services for public sector clients, including the development and management of several national critical systems. All of Civica’s activities are carried out under its ISO27001-compliant Information Security Management System (ISMS) which defines the secure operating procedures for every single aspect of Civica’s operational processes, including its engagement with partners such as UKCloud. UKCloud are themselves ISO27001 accredited and the two parties have worked to ensure this service offers seamless operational security coverage. Ultimate responsibility for Civica’s security policies rests at board level; day-to-day operational responsibility is held by Civica’s Head of Security who manages a team of Security Administrators involved in supporting operations and technical owners. Operational security for this service is assured by the internal service owner, with the support of the security team.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
UKCloud has documented configuration and change management policies and processes, which have been implemented, maintained and assessed in accordance with the guidance from ITIL v.3 and the current ISO20000 standard. Formal configuration management activities, including record management and asset reporting, are monitored and validated constantly, and any identified discrepancies promptly escalated for investigation. A robust, established process for the formal submission of change requests is mandated prior to review and approval of the daily Change Advisory Board, which is attended by a quorum of operational and technical management personnel.
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
UKCloud has a documented vulnerability management policy and process, which have been implemented, maintained and assessed in accordance with the guidance from ITIL v.3 and the current ISO20000 and ISO27001 standards. Where technically possible, real-time updates and status reports are identified and sourced from credible vendor sources, which cover a significant proportion of UKCloud’s asset population. For other systems and software, assigned personnel have responsibility for regularly reviewing technical forums and specialist groups to promptly identify and evaluate any emerging patches or updates which require our attention.
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
Following best practice from the National Cyber Security Centre, UKCloud protects both its Assured and Elevated platforms with enhanced protective monitoring services (SIEM), at the hypervisor level and below. Our approach to protective monitoring continues to align with the Protective Monitoring Controls (PMC 1-12) outlined in CESG document GPG13 (Protective Monitoring for HMG ICT Systems). It includes checks on time sources, cross-boundary traffic, suspicious activities at a boundary, network connections and the status of backups, amongst many others. All alerts are immediately notified to the UKCloud NOC for prompt investigation.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
UKCloud has a documented incident management policy and process, which have been implemented, maintained and assessed in accordance with the guidance from ITIL v.3 and the current ISO20000 and ISO27001 standards. This activity is responsible for the progression of alerts generated by automated monitoring systems, issues identified by UKCloud personnel, and incidents identified and reported to UKCloud by its customers and partners. All incidents are promptly reported into a central ticketing system, which ensures that each is promptly assigned to an appropriate resource, and its progress tracked (and escalated, as required) to resolution.

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)

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
At the compute/storage layer, consumers are separated via robust hypervisor controls based on VMware vSphere technology. This solution has been previously been validated by the NCSC PGA and the implementation is regularly tested via by regular PGA scoped independent IT Security Health Checks conducted by a CHECK service provider.

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Yes
Description of energy efficient datacentres
Please contact Civica for details.

Pricing

Price
£1 per unit per month
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
No

Service documents

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