IT Health Check for PSN

We demystify and support PSN compliance with our specialist solution for public sector organisations

We know that the new Public Sector Network Code of Connection (PSN CoCo) has created new challenges for the organisations that it affects. Being unclear on specifically what you are required to do, and wondering where to turn for the best solution within increasingly constrained budgets are common pain points.

We can take away these headaches. At Sec-1 we have assessed the new compliance requirements and developed an IT Health Check (ITHC) designed to meet the needs of organisations affected by the PSN CoCo (was GCSx CoCo 4.1).

What's more because we understand the needs of public sector organisations we have developed a unique and effective methodology that balances automated & manual testing in order to:

  • Meet the requirement for a PSN-compliant IT Health Check
  • Support compliance with regards PSN IA Conditions
  • Suit constrained public sector budgets, and 
  • Deliver first-rate network security to strict CHECK & CREST standards

Read our whitepaper: ‘Automated scanning Vs Manual testing: Do you really understand the difference?'

What is PSN & why do we need an annual IT Health Check?

Click here to read our overview on PSN and the role of IT Health Checks.


What does the Sec-1 PSN IT Health Check include as standard?

Working closely with the PSN Code Template, we've created the following package:

1. Professional CHECK/ CREST testing services including:

  • Network Mapping and Information Discovery
  • Internal Penetration Test
  • Internal Vulnerability Assessment 
  • External Vulnerability Scan (Detonator)
  • Password Audit/Active Directory Assessment
  • Wireless Security Review

2. An intelligent summary of the findings with recommended actions and timescales, broken down into four easy-to-digest sections

3. FREE Remedial Action Plan support*

4. 1 FREE place on our ‘Securing Web Applications' training course (for a limited time only)

*Via a telephone follow-up consultation. Additional or on-site support can be purchased at extra cost if required.

>> Read the full list of standard PSN Health Check services here, including the PSN IA Conditions supported by each activity. 


Need something extra?

The following items are designed to complement our standard ITHC and can be mixed and matched as required:

  • Laptop & Desktop Build Lockdown/Hardening Review 
  • Mobile Device Build Lockdown/Hardening Review 
  • Content Security/Malware Protection Review
  • Firewall Configuration Review 
  • Remote Working Assessment
  • Data Loss Prevention Review
  • Network Diagram Review
  • Information Security Policy Review (inc. Incident Response/DR Plan)
  • User Education/Awareness Training Review (Social Engineering)
  • Physical Security Review (Social Engineering)
  • Logging/Auditing Review
  • Protective Marking (Email) Review

>> Read the full list of additional PSN Health Check services here, including the PSN IA Conditions supported by each activity. 


Optional Add-ons

The Information Assurance Conditions represent the core standards required to meet PSN conditions. We can help you go above & beyond this - for example for PCI DSS or ISO 27001 - through services such as:

  • Web Application Security Testing
  • VoIP & Telephony Assessment
  • SCADA Testing
  • Social Engineering Assessments
  • Security Training
  • Code Review
  • PCI QSA consultancy


Why is the Sec-1 solution better?

  • We've been providing IT Health Checks to local authorities since 2001
  • Our solution is tailored to meet the new PSN compliance standards
  • We follow a standard methodology across testers for quality assurance
  • We are CHECK ‘Green Light' & CREST accredited (Infrastructure & Applications)
  • Our solution balances automated & manual to deliver best solution within budget
  • This is a comprehensive service - NOT simply a dump of the output from the tools used to conduct the checks



  • Call us on 01924 284 240 to find out more, or email
  • Request a copy of the Sec-1 IT Health Check for PSN Methodology or a sample IT Health Check Report from


Further information

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'We have always found Sec-1 to be approachable and helpful in all aspects of our network security, nothing is too much trouble for them.'

Adam Bamping
The Lighthouse Group