Managed DNS Hosting

UK fully managed secure high availability ISO27001, DCI Cyber Essentials certified DNS hosting platform. CIVIC reduces the risk of your DNS hosting by providing a DNS hosting service that is build on an enterprise platform offering you complete control of your DNS records. The service fully supports IPV6 by default.


  • ISO27001, ISO9001 and DCI Cyber Essentials Certified
  • IPV6
  • DDOS Protection included as standard
  • AXFR
  • UK Datacentres
  • DNS hosting and management
  • Daily encrypted backups with minimum 90 retention
  • Unlimited records and updates
  • No Single point of failure infrastructure
  • Individual TTL control, TXT and SRV records


  • Reduced cost of owership
  • Compliance
  • Single point of contact
  • Robust Scalable infrastructure
  • Dedicated technical account manager
  • ISO27001, ISO9001 and DCI Cyber Essentials Certified
  • Wide range of custom DNS options and settings
  • Custom implementations supported
  • Increased business continuity


£20 per instance per month

  • Education pricing available

Service documents

G-Cloud 10



Greg Rouchotas

0131 624 9830

Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints There are no constraints in our service
System requirements All requirements are dictated by client needs

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Usually with 1 hour. For critical issues we respond immediatelly
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility WCAG 2.0 AA or EN 301 549
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support Web chat
Web chat support availability 9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support accessibility standard WCAG 2.0 A
Web chat accessibility testing We have done some testing with assistive technology users
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels We provide first, second and third level support as required by each client.
We provide a dedicated technical account managers and cloud support engineers.
Our support costs are available in our pricing document.
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started Users can sign up to the service by contacting our helpdesk. Initial on boarding support is provided as standard. Onsite Training can be provided at an extra cost.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction The users can extract their data in CSV format, mysql dump or any other method their application supports
End-of-contract process Exit support is included in the costs.
There are no additional charges at the end of the contract.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface No
Command line interface No


Scaling available Yes
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources We operate multiple clusters of servers to deliver the service and monitor the load to ensure optimal performance at all times. All client data are separated
Usage notifications Yes
Usage reporting
  • Email
  • SMS


Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
Reporting types
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Reports on request


Supplier type Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Other security clearance
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 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
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Encryption of all physical media
  • Scale, obfuscating techniques, or data storage sharding
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
  • Hardware containing data is completely destroyed
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
Backup and recovery Yes
What’s backed up
  • All files, partitions, disks, vitual machines are backed up daily
  • The backups are encrypted
  • 90 days retention all backups as standard
  • Daily backups
Backup controls The users can control what backups are performed and when by contacting our helpdesk
Datacentre setup
  • Multiple datacentres
  • Single datacentre with multiple copies
  • Single datacentre
Scheduling backups Users contact the support team to schedule backups
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
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability We provide detailed SLAs for network and application uptime. The SLAs are available on request.
Approach to resilience We operate multiple clusters of servers to deliver performance and resilience. The infrastructure is constantly monitored by our automated tools and alerts are raised for any event that needs intervention by our support team. DDOS protecting in place.
Outage reporting Any outages are reported via email.

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)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Access to management interfaces is available only via private or VPN links.
Two factor authentication is required to access these links
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
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks

Audit information for users

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 At least 12 months
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 QMS International
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 13/05/2008
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover Nothing
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications DCI Cyber Essentials

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 We have a number of information security policies as dictated by ISO 27001. These include:
-Information Security Policy
-Access Control Policy
-Anti-Piracy Policy
-Backup Policy
-Bring your own device (BYOD) Policy
-Cloud Computing Policy
-Email & Internet Acceptable Usage Policy
-Leaving Policy
-Network Systems Monitoring Policy
-Password Policy
-Remote Access and Mobile Computing Policy
-Social Media Policy
-Virus Protection Policy

Our information security manual is reviewed and tested annually. The testers and external auditors report their findings to the board.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach We control our configuration and change management processes through our ISO27001 and ISO9001 policies
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach We use external third parties to perform penetration testing on a regular basis. We also use internal industry standard scanners to perform bi-weekly penetration tests. IDS software is employed to ensure there are no breaches.
We monitor all major security lists to ensure we are notified of any threats in a timely manner.
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach We use internal and external monitoring and Intrusion detection systems to identify potential problems or compromises.
In the event of a potential compromise our board level security officer is notified as well as the potentially affected clients.
We respond to potential incidents immediately.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach We have a number of processes to deal with common events through our ISO27001 and ISO9001 processes.
Users can report incidents via email, telephone or online through our issue tracking system.
We provide reports and root cause analysis reports via email

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)

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 KVM hypervisor
How shared infrastructure is kept separate We use a number of virtualisation technologies like KVM, VmWare and Linux containers. We operate public and private clouds depending on the client requirements. Separate VLANs are implemented to ensure client separation. If required by the client separate storage solutions can be employed to further separate client data.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes


Price £20 per instance per month
Discount for educational organisations Yes
Free trial available No


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