Bytes Software Services

Amazon Alexa for Business

With Alexa for Business, you can use the Alexa you know as an intelligent assistant to stay organized and focus on the work that matters. Alexa for Business includes the tools and controls that administrators need to deploy and manage shared Alexa devices, skills, and users at scale. bsscloud

Features

  • Alexa Skills create personalized experiences
  • 10,000's of skills available for people to use today
  • provision and manage Alexa devices at work
  • build your own custom voice skills using Alexa Skills Kit
  • users can use their personal Alexa devices for work
  • Manage work calendars with the Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant
  • enable calendar access and make your private skills available
  • specify skills that can be used on shared devices
  • Join meetings from conference rooms
  • Control conference rooms features

Benefits

  • Acts as an intelligent assistant at work
  • use voice to interact with technology in a natural way
  • help people take care of tasks just by asking
  • help people stay organized and focused on things that matter
  • control meeting-room equipment by simply using their voice
  • providing directions to a conference room
  • Alexa adds voice to your products and services
  • makes it easy to use Alexa in your organization
  • provide shared Alexa devices for anyone to use
  • personal Alexa devices for your employees to use

Pricing

£0 a unit

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

7 5 7 6 7 2 1 0 5 7 1 8 3 0 5

Contact

Bytes Software Services Chris Swani
Telephone: +44 (0) 7951 326815
Email: tenders@bytes.co.uk

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
No
Cloud deployment model
Public cloud
Service constraints
Alexa for Business is currently available in the Northern Virginia Region
System requirements
N/a

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

Information: https://aws.amazon.com/premiumsupport/compare-plans/
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
You can sign in to the Support Center at https://console.aws.amazon.com/support/home#/ by using the email address and password associated with your AWS account. To log in with other credentials, see Accessing AWS Support.
Web chat accessibility testing
None
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

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, 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
Markdown formt (Github)
End-of-contract data extraction
Data may be copied out using AWS console to download/delete history data.
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 10 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

Web browser interface
Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
Application to install
Yes
Compatible operating systems
  • MacOS
  • Windows
Designed for use on mobile devices
Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
None
Service interface
Yes
Description of service interface
None
Accessibility standards
None or don’t know
Description of accessibility
N/a
Accessibility testing
N/a
API
No
Customisation available
Yes
Description of customisation
Ability to connect to customer AD Service

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

Service usage metrics
Yes
Metrics types
Metrics such as the number of calls taken per month, average time on hold, the number of calls in the queue at one time, and more.
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards

Resellers

Supplier type
Reseller providing extra support
Organisation whose services are being resold
AWS

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
  • 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 export approach
Using the AWS Console , API or CLI
Data export formats
Other
Other data export formats
N/a
Data import formats
Other
Other data import formats
N/a

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
Other
Other protection within supplier network
Network devices, including firewall and other boundary devices, are in place to monitor and control communications at the external boundary of the network and at key internal boundaries within the network. These boundary devices employ rule sets, access control lists (ACL), and configurations to enforce the flow of information to specific information system services.

ACLs, or traffic flow policies, are established on each managed interface, which manage and enforce the flow of traffic. ACL policies are approved by Amazon Information Security.

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 links below:

• Amazon EC2 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2-sla/
• Amazon S3 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/s3-sla
• Amazon CloudFront SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/sla/
• Amazon Route 53 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/route53/sla/
• Amazon RDS SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/rds-sla/
• AWS Shield Advanced SLA: https://aws.amazon.com/shield/sla/

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

User authentication needed
Yes
User authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Other
Other user authentication
AWS controls access via unique user ID/password authentication. No actions are permissible without authentication. Remote access is multi-factor, login attempts are limited, remote administrative access attempts are logged and reviewed by Security. Suspicious activity initiates incident response procedures.

A session lock out policy that is systematically enforced: locks are retained until identification/authentication procedures are concluded.

AWS’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) system controls access to AWS services/resources. IAM facilitates the issuance of access permissions per user/group. MFA is available at no extra cost.
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 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

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
Users have access to real-time 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

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
No
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
No
PCI certification
No
Other security certifications
No

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; SOC 1/2/3
Information security policies and processes
N/a

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

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

Connection to public sector networks
No

Pricing

Price
£0 a unit
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
No

Service documents

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