SupportDesk Freedom of Information, Case & Complaints Software
SupportDesk Freedom of Information, Case & Complaints Software provides organisations with a scalable tool to enable the efficient, paperless processing of FOI Requests and tracking of exemptions and outcomes. With MOJ recommended templates built-in as standard, SupportDesk FOI helps you to ensure compliance with government legislation in a streamlined process.
- Customer Self-Service Portal for logging FOI requests, cases & complaints
- Alerts to ensure adherence to government timescales
- Send Automatic Emails to enquirer and FOI Helpdesk
- QuickCalls templates for speedy submission of routine requests
- Form Designer to customise specifically designed web-based FOI Request Forms
- Customisable Dashboards for quick links and summaries
- Analyse performance with the KPI Monitor and QuickReports tool
- Extensive personalisation capabilities
- MOJ recommended templates built-in as standard
- Receive automatic warnings when an FOI request approaches a deadline
- Proactively manage all FOI requests, tracking exemptions and outcomes
- Ensure compliance with government legislation
- Easily log all requests in a streamlined paperless process
- Keep end users in the loop with automatic email updates
- Easily assess staff workloads
- Supports GDPR's 'Right To Be Forgotten'
- Quickly access summaries of EIR requests and DP requests
- Give customers immediate access to Frequently Asked Questions
- Mandatory fields and pre-configured dropdowns ensure accurate capture of data
- Automatic recording of actions, emails and corespondence provide full audit
|Software add-on or extension||Yes, but can also be used as a standalone service|
|What software services is the service an extension to||SupportDesk Freedom of Information, Case & Complaints Software can operate as a standalone service but can also be used in addition to any other SupportDesk processes e.g. SupportDesk IT Service Management or SupportDesk Facilities Management.|
|Cloud deployment model||Public cloud|
Our aim is for our hosted systems to be available 100% of the time. Any planned downtime would be in consultation with the client and is not likely to exceed 15 minutes.
Only internet access is required for use of the service.
|Email or online ticketing support||Email or online ticketing|
|Support response times||
Support is provided between 9am and 5pm GMT Monday through Friday, excluding English public holidays.
First response is within 2 hours followed by priority based assessment. Urgent and High issues are attended to immediately.
|User can manage status and priority of support tickets||No|
|Phone support availability||9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday|
|Web chat support||No|
|Onsite support||Yes, at extra cost|
The Standard Support Service comprises of the following:
1 The diagnosis of faults reported by the customer.
2 The rectification of such faults, by means of a fix or workaround.
3 The notification of updates which need to be applied to correct a specific fault.
4 Access to the online Support Library which includes guides and videos. 5 Advice by email or telephone in relation to reasonable enquiries on the use of the SupportDesk system.
Issues can be reported by email, logging directly into our support portal or by telephone.
Support requests made by the customer of an urgent or high nature will be attended to as matter of priority.
|Support available to third parties||Yes|
Onboarding and offboarding
|Getting started||A minimum number of Consultancy/Training Days are recommended, based on the size and complexity of the system. This is an exercise to ensure that the software satisfies the requirements of the business and the user understands how the service can be adjusted for minor changes. The Consultancy/Training can be delivered on-site or online. The Support Service is intended for reporting issues and straight forward enquiries. Users are given access to the Online Support Library as part of the rental.|
|End-of-contract data extraction||At the end of contract the database will be returned to the user (if required) in a secure manner. Similarly, for any ancillary attachments that have been loaded.|
|End-of-contract process||As part of the contract, at termination the user is offered the option of continuation of service, which would of course incur the prevailing charges. If the service is no longer required then we will either return or destroy the data as requested by the user.|
Using the service
|Web browser interface||Yes|
|Application to install||No|
|Designed for use on mobile devices||Yes|
|Differences between the mobile and desktop service||SupportDesk’s mobile service desk allows engineers to access their work queue to log and update calls while working on user locations. End-users can also log and monitor their tickets. SupportDesk can be accessed by Mobile Web App and Tablet on both iPhone & Android devices which are HTML5 enabled.|
|Description of service interface||Users have access to a Service Dashboard via the browser.|
|Accessibility standards||None or don’t know|
|Description of accessibility||The Service Dashboard can be customised to suit the user's particular requirements with different Dashboards for different user roles.|
|Accessibility testing||Service Dashboards can be enhanced through styling to suit users with particular needs.|
|What users can and can't do using the API||With SupportDesk’s WebAPI tickets can be created or updated from links to other systems and vice versa. Data can also be extracted from third party systems. Each installation will have different requirements so configuration will be required.|
|API sandbox or test environment||Yes|
|Description of customisation||SupportDesk comes supplied with its inherent data dictionary and customisable forms. This allows users to rename/remove fields they wish to change. Additional fields can also be added. The forms designer enables the user to create bespoke forms and dashboards for their team. Furthermore, SupportDesk comes with default categorisations but these can all be adjusted to suit the user’s business practices via the interface.|
|Independence of resources||The SupportDesk service runs multiple processes so that systems do not adversely affect each other.|
|Service usage metrics||Yes|
House-on-the-Hill’s QuickReport designer allows you to design your own custom service desk reports and also comes with pre-configured reports. Charts and graphs can be displayed and reports can be run instantly, scheduled to run on specific days and times. Reports can be emailed or exported to html, csv and pdf format and can also be displayed on user dashboards.
In addition, House-on-the-Hill's KPI Monitor also offers customisable reports for the analysis of the system allowing you to measure against many KPIs. The real-time KPI Monitor automatically refreshes every 30 seconds and KPI reports can be incorporated into dashboards.
|Supplier type||Not a reseller|
|Staff security clearance||Other security clearance|
|Government security clearance||None|
|Knowledge of data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Data storage and processing locations||
|User control over data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Datacentre security standards||Managed by a third party|
|Penetration testing frequency||Less than once a year|
|Penetration testing approach||‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider|
|Protecting data at rest||Physical access control, complying with another standard|
|Data sanitisation process||Yes|
|Data sanitisation type||Deleted data can’t be directly accessed|
|Equipment disposal approach||Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001|
Data importing and exporting
|Data export approach||SupportDesk data can be exported into CSV format for transfer to other systems.|
|Data export formats||CSV|
|Data import formats||CSV|
|Data protection between buyer and supplier networks||
|Data protection within supplier network||
Availability and resilience
Our aim is for systems to be available 100% of the time (ignoring scheduled and agreed maintenance down time)
Year Percentage Uptime (based on 9-5 support hours)
|Approach to resilience||Backups of data are taken twice daily. Additional backup servers are available in readiness in the event of a permanent or long term failure of the primary server.|
The hosted software services are setup to alert us in the event of any outage.
Once alerted we investigate the root cause of the issue. If there is an issue with the hosting infrastructure we have a policy to keep the user updated on an hourly basis and to consider switching to an alternative platform after 4 hours of outage.
Identity and authentication
|User authentication needed||Yes|
|Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels||
Access to the management interfaces within the service desk software is the same as for any other user, requiring login and password (and optional 2-factor authentication).
The support service is available to recognised parties.
|Access restriction testing frequency||At least once a year|
|Management access authentication||
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||No audit information available|
|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||SN Registrars (Holdings) Limited|
|ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date||27/07/2018|
|What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover||
Our scope statement is :-
‘The Information Security Management System at House-on-the-Hill Software Ltd applies to the management of hosted SupportDesk systems, including availability, the safekeeping of classified data as identified in the Information Classification System and the IT Assets held by House-on-the-Hill Software Ltd, in accordance with Statement of Applicability V9 13th July 2018'
Our certification does not cover how users handle their own data and keep it secure, for example we do not stipulate a clear desk and screen policy for the clients end-users as this is beyond our control.
|ISO 28000:2007 certification||No|
|CSA STAR certification||No|
|Who accredited the PCI DSS certification||Worldpay (UK) Limited|
|PCI DSS accreditation date||29/10/2018|
|What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover||
Worldpay has issued certification to House-on-the-Hill Software to indicate that House-on-the-Hill has attested to have met the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Compliance is attested to on an annual basis.
|Other security certifications||Yes|
|Any other security certifications||Cyber Essentials|
|Named board-level person responsible for service security||Yes|
|Security governance certified||Yes|
|Security governance standards||ISO/IEC 27001|
|Information security policies and processes||
We have numerous policies relating to information security, and these have been independently certified by a UKAs accredited body as meeting the requirements of ISO27001:2013. Policies include:
Information Security Policy, Access Policy, Client Confidentiality Policy, Clear Desk and Screen Policy…
Policies are reviewed annually and also reviewed as part of the information security audit process. The team are kept up to date with the salient points within the policies during routine weekly staff meetings.
|Configuration and change management standard||Supplier-defined controls|
|Configuration and change management approach||Application changes are risk assessed for potential security impact as part of the development process. The revisions are tested prior to any hosted system update. Application updates are always part of a discussion with the client. The Change Management process is fully tracked and authorised using our own helpdesk software.|
|Vulnerability management type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Vulnerability management approach||MS updates are applied promptly. When we become aware of critical updates for offerings which support our service provision, these are updated as soon as possible.|
|Protective monitoring type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Protective monitoring approach||
Anti-malware is installed and is constantly updated and monitored.
This is checked on a regular basis. Event and IIS logging are also monitored.
|Incident management type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Incident management approach||A security incident is a loss of confidentiality, integrity or availability of the hosted system or the data it manages. Any breach is logged as an incident, recording events and actions, then reviewed once resolved. Our information security system objectives are to minimise such incidents and hence non-conformances are taken seriously and carefully monitored.|
|Approach to secure software development best practice||Supplier-defined process|
Public sector networks
|Connection to public sector networks||No|
|Price||£30 per licence per month|
|Discount for educational organisations||Yes|
|Free trial available||Yes|
|Description of free trial||We can provide immediate access to a personal trial system. Initially for a month, though this can be extended. The trial provided is a fully functional core system. Peripheral services such as mail read are not initiated, backups and service monitoring are not included.|
|Link to free trial||https://houseonthehill.com/supportdesk/solutions/foi-request-management/|