UK - Government Connect Secure Extranet (GCSX)

GCSX stands for Government Connect Secure Extranet. It is a pan-government funded programme to provide a secure private Wide-Area Network (WAN) which enables secure interactions between connected Local Authorities and organisations.  The Government Connect network (Government Connect Secure Extranet – GCSX) is a key enabler in the drive to transform services, with particular focus on joined-up working, shared services, identity management and efficiency gains via solutions that provide secure communication capabilities.

GCSX is connected to the Government Secure Intranet (GSI), which also enables secure interactions between local authorities and central governmentdepartments and national bodies. GCSX provides a range of connectivity options to enable access the GSI network and its hosted services; GCSX does not use the Internet or any other public networks.

GCSX provides secure access from connected Local Authorities to many other secure networks such as:

  • Government Secure Extranet (GSX)
  • Government Secure Intranet (GSI)
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Criminal Justice Extranet (CJX)
  • Police National Network (PNN)

On 31st March 2009, DWP will cease the provision of RESTRICTED data to local authorities and the receipt of “sensitive personal data” from local authorities through means other than a government approved secure IT communications channel.  This essential measure means that all local authorities (LAs) need to make information security a top priority and to commit to completing the Government Connect implementation process without delay.

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