IAUK was born out of IA07 to address the agreed need for a visible continuum of activity between the annual IA events. It acts as a repository for material produced by working groups from across the IA community and as a portal providing links to the main players in the IA Community, which consists of organisations from across the public sector, private sector and academia. As IA becomes ever more critical for UK Government, it is important that information can be found easily: IAUK is your starting point to find answers to your IA questions.

Government Organisations


CESG is the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ. It is the UK's National Technical Authority (NTA) for IA, responsible for enabling secure and trusted knowledge sharing.



Information Security and Assurance (IS&A) is a unit within the UK Government's Cabinet Office providing a central focus for Information Assurance (IA) activity across the UK.



The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) provides integrated (combining information, personnel and physical) security advice to the businesses and organisations which make up the national infrastructure.



Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is an intelligence and security organisation. A Civil Service Department, it reports to the Foreign Secretary and works closely with the UK's other intelligence agencies .

GCHQ has two missions: signals intelligence (Sigint) and Information Assurance (IA)


Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office sits at the very centre of government and, together with the Treasury, provides the ‘head office’ of government. The Cabinet Office has an overarching purpose of Making government work better

Cabinet Office is responsible for producing IA policy based on technical advice from CESG


Office of Government Commerce

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is an office of HM Treasury, responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement, from commodities buying to the delivery of major capital projects.


Information Commissioners Office

The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information.


Public Sector Associations, Programmes and Schemes


The Information Assurance Technical Programme (IATP) is a pan-government programme, directed by the Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA) in the Cabinet Office and delivered through CESG, the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, in partnership with Industry.

At the heart of the programme's work is the Intelligent Customer Mechanism, which is a collaborative way of working which enables the UK Government to manage its information in an assured way.



GovCertUK is part of CESG and is the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). It assists public sector organisations in the response to computer security incidents and provide advice to reduce exposure to threat.



Directgov is the official government website for citizens, providing easy access to the public services you use and the information you need, delivered by the UK government.


Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is sponsored by the British governmnet and leading businesses to give free objective advice on IT security to the public.


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The professional association for the public sector ICT management.

The Society of Information Technology Management is the professional association for ICT managers working in and for the public sector.


Government Connect

Government Connect is a pan-government programme providing an accredited and secure network between central government and every local authority in England and Wales.  The network is known as GCSX (Government Connect Secure Extranet).  GCSX is part of the wider Government Secure Intranet (GSi) and provides connectivity to nearly all central departments (Scottish local authorities have already established a similar network known as the Government Secure Extranet (GSx).


Industry Partnerships

The Information Assurance Collaboration Group (IACG) works with HMG, and particularly with Cabinet Office and CESG, in order to deliver collaboration between industry and the business of government and so extend and simplify the deployment of pragmatic, appropriate and cost effective IA across the UK public sector.

IACG TOR Final April 2008 pdf


The UK Crypto Developers Forum (CDF) is a body established to act as a collective voice for the UK Crypto Industry and also to act as an interface to UK Government. The members of the CDF are involved in the development of High Grade and Enhanced Grade Crypto products.

Training & Education


The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has the objective to advance the professionalism of information security practitioners and thereby the professionalism of the industry as a whole. It is an independent not-for-profit body governed by its members, ensuring standards of professionalism - for training, qualifications, operating practices and individuals.