Cloud Security

At Centerprise Cloud, we offer fully managed cloud security services that completely protect your cloud environment while ensuring that you remain fully compliant with regulatory requirements.

Our experienced security professionals will work with you to identify potential threats and implement a comprehensive security strategy that safeguards your infrastructure from malicious attacks.

With our managed cloud security services, you can have peace of mind knowing that your cloud infrastructure is secure and compliant so that you can focus on your core business.

Benefits of Managed Cloud Security


With managed cloud security services, you can be assured that your cloud environment is protected against potential threats, including cyber-attacks and malware. Our team of experts will identify and address potential vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.

Reduced risk

Managed cloud security services help reduce the risk of data breaches and other security incidents. By leveraging advanced security tools and techniques, we can monitor your cloud environment, identifying and mitigating potential threats before they can cause damage.


You can ensure your cloud environment complies with all necessary regulations with managed cloud security services. This not only mitigates legal risks but also builds trust among customers and partners who rely on your commitment to compliance.

Peace of mind

With a team of highly skilled and dedicated security experts managing your cloud environment, you can have peace of mind knowing that your infrastructure is in good hands. This will allow you to focus on your core business objectives.


Dedicated UK Data Centres

Centerprise Cloud provides a flexible range of options for businesses with the choice of hybrid, private or public cloud solutions, all hosted in secure UK data centres based in England and Wales.

Our data centres are accredited and comply with all major industry standards, including ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, Trusted Cloud, and GDPR, ensuring the highest levels of security and compliance.

Additionally, our data centres are underpinned by HP GreenLake, which ensures a sustainable approach to hosting. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, in line with the Climate Neutral Data Centre Act.


At its core, a security classification is a label assigned to information that indicates the level of impact its unauthorised disclosure could have on national security, public safety, or other vital interests. These classifications are essential tools in risk management, guiding individuals and organisations in appropriately handling sensitive information. They dictate who can access the information and the requisite security measures for storage, transmission, and disposal.

Security classifications are particularly crucial in the public sector, where sensitive information is frequently handled, whether it pertains to national security, citizens’ personal data, or strategic government operations. By implementing these classifications, the government ensures a standardised approach to information security, maintaining consistency and clarity across all departments and agencies.

Classifying sensitive information is not new; it has been a part of governmental operations for centuries. In the UK, the formal system of security classifications has evolved, adapting to political, technological, and security changes.

Historically, the UK used a system that included classifications such as ‘Confidential’, ‘Secret’, and ‘Top Secret’. This system served the nation through various eras, including the World Wars and the Cold War, reflecting the security concerns of those times. At this time, information was categorised by five different ‘Impact Levels’, IL1 to IL5.

However, with the advent of the digital age and the increasing complexity of threats, particularly in the cyber domain, the UK government recognised the need for a more nuanced and flexible classification system. This led to the introduction of the current system, which simplifies the classifications and makes them more adaptable to different types of information and varying degrees of sensitivity.

Today, the UK Government Security Classifications comprise three levels:

OFFICIAL: This level covers most of the information created or processed by the government. It includes routine government operations and services, and its unauthorised disclosure would likely cause varying degrees of impact.

OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE is a handling caveat within the UK Government Security Classifications framework, specifically under the broader “OFFICIAL” classification and not a classification in its own right. This designation is used for information that requires more careful handling than the standard OFFICIAL classification. The need for the OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE label arises from recognising that some information, while not warranting a higher classification such as SECRET or TOP SECRET, still carries risks requiring more stringent handling controls.

SECRET: Information that requires this level of classification is more sensitive. Its unauthorised disclosure would likely cause serious damage to national security or other vital interests.

TOP SECRET: This is the highest classification level, reserved for the most sensitive information, where the unauthorised disclosure would cause grave damage.
This streamlined system reflects a modern understanding of risk management and information security. It is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the changing nature of information and communication technologies while maintaining a robust framework for protecting the nation’s most sensitive data.

Scope of Information: The OFFICIAL classification encompasses a wide range of information. This includes routine government operations, day-to-day business, records, and data that do not require a higher classification level. It covers the bulk of government information, services, and communications.

Risk Management: Information classified as OFFICIAL could cause damage if lost, stolen, or published without authorisation. However, the impact is typically less severe compared to higher classifications like SECRET or TOP SECRET.

Handling Procedures: While the OFFICIAL classification does not require the stringent handling procedures of higher classifications, it still mandates basic protective measures. This includes secure storage, proper information-sharing protocols, and careful disposal to prevent unauthorised access.

Access and Dissemination: OFFICIAL information is generally accessible to a wider audience compared to higher classifications. Most government employees and contractors will handle OFFICIAL information in their daily work.

Cybersecurity Measures: Standard cybersecurity measures are usually sufficient for protecting OFFICIAL information. This includes password protection, sensitive data encryption, and secure communications.

Training and Awareness: Employees handling OFFICIAL information are usually provided with basic training on data protection, information handling, and security protocols to ensure they understand how to appropriately manage this level of classified information.

Flexibility and Proportionality: The protection measures for OFFICIAL information are designed to be proportionate to the risks. This allows for flexibility in handling, reducing unnecessary bureaucratic burdens while maintaining security.

Sensitivity of Information: OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE information is typically sensitive but not at a level that justifies the heightened security measures associated with SECRET or TOP SECRET classifications. This might include information that, if disclosed, could have more significant implications than regular OFFICIAL material, potentially causing distress to individuals, compromising law enforcement, or undermining the effectiveness of government policies or operations.

Access Control: Access to OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE information is limited to individuals who need to know. This is a tighter control than standard OFFICIAL information, which is more widely accessible within the government.

Handling Protocols: Handling OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE information involves stricter protocols than standard OFFICIAL information. This includes secure storage, controlled sharing, and careful disposal. The exact protocols can vary depending on the nature of the information and the context in which it is used.

Labelling and Marking: Documents and digital files containing OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE information are clearly marked with the “OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE” label. This helps ensure that everyone who handles these documents is aware of their sensitive nature and the need for careful handling.

Training and Awareness: Employees and contractors handling OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE information are typically required to undergo specific training. This training ensures they understand the importance of the classification and are familiar with the required handling procedures.

Compliance and Penalties: As with other classifications, failure to comply with the handling requirements of OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE information can result in disciplinary action, legal consequences, and potential damage to professional reputation.

Sensitivity and Impact: Information classified as SECRET is highly sensitive. The unauthorised release of such information could seriously damage national security and diplomatic relations or have other significant implications for the country or its allies.

Access Control: Access to SECRET information is strictly limited to individuals who have a ‘need to know’ and have been granted the appropriate security clearance (SC Clearance). This classification level necessitates thorough background checks and vetting processes for individuals who require access.

Handling and Storage Protocols: The handling and storage of SECRET information are subject to stringent controls. This includes secure physical storage (like safes or secure cabinets), controlled access environments, and specific protocols for transmitting information, including encrypted communication channels.

Transportation and Transmission: Moving or transmitting SECRET information requires careful planning and secure methods. This often involves encrypted files for digital data and secure couriers or methods for physical documents.

Training and Compliance: Individuals with access to SECRET information typically undergo specialised training. This training covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of handling such information and the specific procedures for securely managing, storing and disposing of it.

Cybersecurity Measures: Advanced cybersecurity measures are crucial for protecting SECRET information, especially in digital form. This includes multi-factor authentication, robust encryption, and continuous monitoring for potential breaches or vulnerabilities.

Audit and Review: Regular audits and reviews are conducted to ensure the protocols for handling SECRET information are followed. This includes checks on storage conditions, access logs, and compliance with handling procedures.

Penalties for Mishandling: The mishandling of SECRET information can lead to severe penalties, including legal action, termination of employment, and, in some cases, criminal charges. The seriousness of these penalties reflects the potential damage that could result from a breach of this classification level.

Level of Sensitivity and Impact: Information classified as TOP SECRET is of the utmost sensitivity. Its unauthorised release could gravely endanger national security, potentially leading to severe consequences for the country’s safety, diplomatic relationships, military operations, or other crucial national interests.

Strict Access Control: Access to TOP SECRET information is highly restricted and limited to only those who need the utmost knowledge. This includes stringent vetting and background checks for clearance (DV Clearance), which are far more rigorous than those for lower classifications.

Rigorous Handling and Storage Protocols: The most stringent security protocols govern the handling and storing of TOP SECRET information. This includes secure, often specially designated facilities for storing physical documents and highly encrypted systems for digital information. The physical security measures for TOP SECRET materials often involve multiple layers of protection.

Controlled Communication and Transmission: Communicating or transmitting TOP SECRET information is subject to strict controls and protocols. This typically involves using highly secure, often dedicated communication channels, and in the case of physical documents, secure courier services with meticulous tracking and oversight.

Advanced Cybersecurity Measures: Protecting TOP SECRET information in digital form requires the highest levels of cybersecurity. This includes state-of-the-art encryption, multi-factor authentication, regular security audits, and robust defences against cyber threats.

Specialised Training and Awareness: Personnel with access to TOP SECRET information receive specialised training focused on the critical nature of this information. This training emphasises legal responsibilities, ethical handling, and the severe implications of any security breach.

Regular Audits and Compliance Checks: Regular, often unannounced, audits and compliance checks ensure the integrity of TOP SECRET information handling. These audits are thorough and designed to ensure that every aspect of the handling procedures is strictly adhered to.

Severe Penalties for Mishandling: The consequences of mishandling TOP SECRET information are severe. Breaches can lead to the highest level of disciplinary action, including termination of employment, legal prosecution, and potentially severe criminal charges.

At Centerprise Cloud, we offer fully managed cloud security services that completely protect your cloud environment while ensuring you remain fully compliant with regulatory requirements.

Our experienced security professionals will work with public sector organisations to identify potential threats and implement a comprehensive security strategy that safeguards your infrastructure from malicious attacks.

Contact us today to safeguard data and meet regulatory requirements with confidence.