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Office of the Chief Information Officer

Scottish Government (SG) Chief Information Officer (CIO)CIO is responsible for activities within the Information Services Information Systems Division (ISIS) and under the umbrella of the Office of the CIO has responsibility for Programme Assurance and Standards across Digital Directorate, Scottish Government and the wider Central Government Sector.

The Programme Assurance and Governance is further complemented by responsibility for ensuring business processes are compliant with relevant legislation, and that the organisation operates according to the principles embedded in ISO/IEC 38500:2008.

The Office manages and co-ordinates the framework for assurance of Central Government programmes and projects, taking forward a programme of agreeing and ratifying standards at Scottish Government, sectoral and national levels through the relevant Technical and Design functions and Authorities.  The office is responsible for communicating agreed standards and good practice and ensuring that adherence to these is embedded in the assurance processes.

The Office of the CIO co-ordinates initiatives and procedures to ensure that the IT services and systems used by Central Government organisations and the technology which supports them, delivers value, are efficient in use of resources and are compliant with all relevant legislation and regulations. The implementation of systems and IT controls to measure performance, manage risk and ensure that IT and the business work together to support the business purpose and is charged with delivering:

  • The Central Government ICT Assurance Framework
  • ICT/Digital Investment Outline Plans for Information Systems Investment Board (ISIB) and Strategic Corporate Services Board (SCSB)
  • Establishing the community of interest across Central Government and ensuring a reliable and sustainable means of collaboration on digital assurance, governance and standards