Trustmarque lands £4m MoD security deal

The wave of high profile data leaks, a fair few of them involving the Ministry of Defence, have ratcheted up the issue of information security up the government agenda.

The wave of high profile data leaks, a fair few of them involving the Ministry of Defence, have ratcheted up the issue of information security up the government agenda.

Trustmarque has benefited from those concerns after landing a two-year £4m contract to provide the MoD with both encrypted and non-encrypted hardware and software.

Ross Miller, managing director of Trustmarque, said that information security was an area of concern across the public sector and it was putting as much emphasis on preventing internal data leaks as protecting the MoD from external attacks.

"We have been a software supplier for more than 20 years but information assurance is quite new. There has been a lot of publicity about losing data and it is not the external attacks but asking how you can pin the data down internally," he said.

He added that it had been able to land the contract because of changes in the Defence Equipment and Supply (DE&S) framework that opened up the option for more than one incumbent supplier to pitch for business.

"The MoD had found it unacceptable that there was just one supplier of information assurance products and now there are four separate companies that are able to supply the MoD," said Robert Cornish, MoD Key Account Manager for Trustmarque.

The former supplier was Software Box and the other players Trustmarque was up against included other approved suppliers Centerprise and SCC.

Miller said that clearly the security issues went beyond just the MoD but getting this deal would be a reference point the dealer could use with other customers because security for the defence industry had to be especially tight.

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