Devon Councils automate compliance with NETconsent Tuesday 26 June 2007 PDF Print Devon Information Security Partnership shortlists NETconsent as policy management provider 26 June 2007 – NETconsent, provider of automated policy management has today announced that South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are implementing NETconsent V4. These contracts are the result of a software evaluation project by the Devon Information Security Partnership, which shortlisted NETconsent as the policy management provider. This product interest further demonstrates NETconsent’s leadership in policy management and its extended growth in the local government sector. The evaluation project run by the Devon Information Security Partnership brought councils together to share resources, identify a suitable solution and raise awareness of automated policy management. Using economies of scale the partnership was able to negotiate special pricing with NETconsent. Robin Barlow, a member of the Devon Information Security Partnership and ICT Support Manager, South Hams District Council explained, “We needed a solution that would meet our criteria to effectively manage security policies, which has been very hard to achieve with current manual methods”. He continued, “The solution is easy to deploy and NETconsent has provided an excellent level of support. When we commenced the evaluation we were only looking to manage the security-related policies, but as we progressed we realised that many other council policies and procedures would also benefit from an automated policy management solution.” Dominic Saunders commented, “We are really pleased to work with Devon Information Security Partnership and demonstrate the benefits that automated policy management can bring to the individual councils. Policies are an integral part of managing risk, information and people. It is great to see South Hams and West Devon Councils taking steps to prevent possible corporate litigation.” Devon Information Security Partnership was established in response to the Government’s call for Local Government (within Devon being Councils, National Parks and the Fire Service) to adopt standards to comply with ISO 27001 (previously BS7799). Working with the Society of IT Managers (SOCITM), the group broke the ISO standard into levels. It was a requirement of the ‘Bronze’ level to ensure that security policies were distributed and individually signed off. The partnership realised that automation software is available and therefore an evaluation sub-project was created, to review different systems. -ENDS- Notes to Editors: About NETconsent NETconsent Ltd is a leading vendor of policy management solutions and corporate communications. By automating policy management, NETconsent reduces risk and audit problems. By ensuring that users have the opportunity to read and agree to all company policies, NETconsent helps organisations comply with legislation directives, industry regulations and avoid costly litigation. NETconsent Ltd is a UK company based in Camberley providing policy compliance across the public and private sectors. For more information on NETconsent, visit www.netconsent.com About Devon Information Security Partnership The Devon Information Security Partnership was originally founded and sponsored by Devon County Council, with significant support from the Society of IT Managers (SOCITM) and Teignbridge District Council. The group has been in existence for three years, with members from all Devon councils, the two national parks and the fire and rescue service. A number of topics have been covered, and recently a new Devon Information Security Policy has been agreed. The group has been involved in Policy management solutions, USB management, virus checkers, email archiving, single sign-on and software licensing. About South Hams District Council South Hams District Council is based in Totnes, Devon and serves a population of around 80,000 across an area of 350 square miles, with 60 miles of coastline. As an ‘Excellent’ council, the importance of delivering efficient services includes ensuring that the Council’s information is securely managed. The council has a number of measures in place to electronically ensure security, but also realises that education, training and awareness for the users is key to a successful approach. About West Devon Borough Council West Devon Borough Council is a fully supporting member of the Devon Information Security Partnership and similarly recognises the importance of the information that it holds on behalf of the public; the implementation of this product will help to ensure that all staff realise their responsibilities in using this information. With the smallest district council workforce in England, covering one of the largest and most sparsely populated areas in the South West, the Council understands the importance of having and using appropriate information correctly in the delivery of efficient services to the public. For further information please contact: Lorna Thompson / Sophie Orlando Octopus Communications for NETconsent T: +44 (0)845 3700655 E: NETconsent@octopuscomms.net This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Octopus Communications in the following categories: Education & Human Resources, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.