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CESG stands up its online services team

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If you were at the joint SIRO, CTO and DSO Event at Church House in London last week on Digital Transformation and Security, you will have heard Ciaran Martin announce that CESG has stood up a new online services team.

The decision to create the team is in direct response to what you have been telling us. We’ve heard your concerns about whether CESG can currently deliver the support you need in this new environment.

Make it easier for government to secure its digital services
The mission for our new online services team

Our team is working in a new location, where you can come and work with us at OFFICIAL. Our mission is to make it easier for government to secure its digital services. Since last Monday, we’ve been revisiting user stories we collected at the end of last year. We’ve used them to build our Sprint One deliverables, which should enable us to make a measurable and visible difference to the security of digital services.

During the first sprint, which will run for 10 weeks until 8 May, we’ll blog regularly so you can see what we’re doing. We want to hear what you think about our blog and what we are doing, so please email your feedback to

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  1. Comment by Mark posted on


    Can you comment on the relationship between this and the good work that GDS are doing about securing digital services? Is this team going to be part of / working closely with GDS?

    • Replies to Mark>

      Comment by Richard C posted on

      We've been working with GDS since they began, and we expect we'll be working more closely together in future as we help secure digital services.

      We've also started talking to GDS about how we can help support Government as a Platform.

  2. Comment by Will Cooke posted on

    Great to see Ubuntu front and centre.

  3. Comment by Steve posted on

    Not so much a comment on the Online Services team and more around the image of the laptop :). This looks like Ubuntu and LibreOffice being used and, if so, any papers on use of this Open Source desktop capability and associated recommendations within Government/Public Sector ?. An area of real interest for me.
    Kind regards

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      Comment by Sam F posted on

      Hi Steve, thanks for your interest. Take a look at the guidance for public sector organisations to follow when deploying devices at OFFICIAL, which includes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

      The guidance also covers how to use the security features provided by each platform. For example AppArmor on Ubuntu can be used to enhance the security of LibreOffice and make it more difficult for malicious documents to attack the platform.

  4. Comment by Jan H posted on

    It would be really good to have an update on progress and current thinking - is Sprint One completed now?

    • Replies to Jan H>

      Comment by Richard C posted on

      Thanks for your interest. We aiming to publish an update on what we achieved so far and what were are doing next within the next week.