Virgin Media Business has been accredited by the government to deliver extra secure data services over public sector networks (PSN).
Virgin has met the government's published Business Impact Level 3 (IL3) criteria, which is designed to help public sector organisations across the UK to protect public data to an increased level of security.
PSNs are designed to help public sector bodies share secure networks to cut costs and increase collaboration.
Virgin said it has responded to increasing market demand for encrypted services to protect government and public sector information, safeguarding confidentiality and integrity.
Its IL3-compliant encryption service is available to any government and public sector organisation, including prison services, police forces, councils, education authorities, health and central government departments.
Security of the network through the encryption service is assured by Virgin through techniques such as segregation of VPN channels and integrity checking.
Virgin can overlay IL3 encryption onto both new and existing IPVPN connections for its customers, as well as extending and securely interconnecting with other IPVPN providers.
The approved encryption overlay service means that customers no longer need to seek their own accreditation, "removing much of the accreditation pain and simplifying the process", said Virgin.
Duncan Higgins, marketing director at Virgin Media Business, said: "With our new encrypted service, we become part of a small group of companies that can give public sector organisations a fully secure data communications service.”