Are You Being Sold an “OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE” Load of Hot Air?


Computer Business Review sees more and more technology vendors announcing products suitable for “OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE” classified workloads.

Amid the government’s “cloud first” policy and with a wide range of public sector buyers looking to shift compute or storage workloads to the public cloud, it’s a seller’s market; dubious claims of security accreditation proliferate as a result.

Sometimes the providers say their services are “OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE-accredited”.

This, also, means nothing whatsoever.

As Cabinet Office guidance makes crystal clear: “‘OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE’ is not, strictly, a classification.” (And there is no accreditation scheme in place for this made up category, nor indeed for the

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