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iomart Group wins UK security award for cloud-based government computer child safety project

5th November 2010 · Press Releases

Netintelligence, the cloud security service from iomart Group, has won the title of Security Project of the Year at the inaugural UK Computing Security Awards.

The award was presented to the company for its work in securing, and providing comprehensive parental controls on the 250,000 laptops distributed to low income families across England, under the previous Labour government’s Home Access Scheme.

The Computing Security Awards, organised by UK publications Network Computing and Computing Security, were founded to honour the products and services that have made a positive contribution to the security of public and private organisations.

Bill Strain, Chief Technology Officer for the iomart Group, said: “We consider winning such a prestigious award a great achievement. This award represents peer group recognition of Netintelligence’s important role in the evolving field of cloud based security solutions and our team’s ability to deliver complex projects within this arena”.

The Home Access Scheme was formally launched in January 2010, following a successful pilot, to provide financial and practical support to low-income families in England with the educational and social benefits of the internet.

Colin Riddle, Technical Operations Supervisor and Home Access Project Manager at Misco, explained: ”Netintelligence offered us a complete security solution exceeding the requirements of the Home Access programme with the support and features that we needed. Having a cloud security solution which complied with published guidelines was essential for us to meet the requirements of the Home Access programme."

The full scheme was formally closed in August 2010, following the formation of the coalition government, and it now focuses on applications from families with children with disabilities or Special Educational Needs.

There have been several calls recently for the government to renew and re-introduce the Scheme.

Image: Colin Nicholson, Netintelligence’s Lead Technical Architect, with the award at London’s Russell Hotel.

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