Ministry of Justice signs security deal with Detica


Ministry of Justice signs security deal with Detica

Kathleen Hall

The Ministry of Justice has signed a contract with BAE Systems Detica to provide security services through a managed service arrangement.

The contract will cover information assurance and cybersecurity services. Detica will focus initially on support and advice around the Ministry's IT architecture, security policy, governance and risk management, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

The deal also includes an option to use Detica for penetration testing and forensics.

Bob Nicholls, head of information assurance at the Ministry of Justice, said: "This contract introduces a new way of working for my ICT IA team and we anticipate it will deliver real benefits to the Ministry of Justice, both in terms of security and cost efficiency. Protecting the Ministry's data and systems is vital to the smooth running of the justice system and we look forward to working together closely with BAE Systems Detica to achieve this."

But the contract win follows criticism of recent government figures published in conjunction with Detica. The report claimed that cybercrime costs the economy £27bn, but was slammed by a professor from the London School of Economics as little more than a "sales promotion exercise" from the security firm.

Professor Peter Sommer said: "The whole report has been orientated to areas in which BAE can offer its facilities and services."

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