In the spirit of openness and collaboration, I thought I would share one of the areas of improvement that I have just submitted to the Spending Challenge – It is also supported by a number of colleagues.
I’m very concerned that the Government Connect Code of Connection (CoCo) imposes an unnecessarily high burden on Local Government IT and other resources. I fully appreciate the need to keep sensitive data secure but the costs of meeting the requirements of the CoCo and the security levels it mandates are simply excessive for local government data – particularly in the current climate.
It would seem that a very significant amount of resources have been expended on this project and the result is over engineered. It has become an obstacle to innovation – particularly as a result of the one-size-fits-all way in which it is being applied. It is making difficult or preventing such obvious cost saving opportunities as the use of personal devices (e.g. smartphones) and mobile and home working.
It would seem inappropriate for a Local Government Officer or wider Public Sector worker to have 2 devices (one personal and one work) if the personal device is more than capable but simply the wrong “make” and therefore does not comply with standards set by Government and its advisors. This does not send out the right message in this current financial climate.
Thank you for this opportunity.
I am aware that this is also a problem for a wide selection of Local Government Colleagues – This process is an opportunity to raise these issues.