‘IT Health Check’ scheme in UK

Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) in United Kingdom has re-tendered its successful IT Health Check Scheme, an efficient vehicle for obtaining the services of skilled contractors to conduct mandatory security tests for police forces and related agencies who are connected to the CJX (Criminal Justice Extranet).

CESG, the UK Government's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance and part of GCHQ, administer the 'check' scheme. PITO, in conjunction with the Government's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, CESG, first introduced a framework agreement for the provision of IT Health Checks in 2003. The code of connection for the Criminal Justice Extranet (CJX) is a vital part of the Critical National Infrastructure to which all UK police forces and a number of criminal justice agencies are linked. CJX is a national IP Network to enable secure communication within and between police forces and criminal justice agencies connected to it and to allow secure links to HM Government departments that use the Government Secure Intranet (GSI) and the National Health Service network (NHSnet).