The Ministry of Defence has extended its cyber security agreement with BT as it defends its networks against increasing threats.
BT says the seven year arrangement will build on the cyber security defences and give the MoD a wider and deeper defence capability across its global IT network.
In 2010, the MoD detected and blocked more than 1,000 ‘potentially serious’ attempts to infiltrate or disrupt its computer systems, more than double the number of the previous year.
“Our forces depend on computer networks, both in the UK and in operations around the world,” said Air Commodore Tim Bishop, Head of Service Operations MoD.
“Over the last 5 years we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of threats to the UK’s national security through cyberspace, so it is crucial that we look to constantly improve our defence mechanisms to meet those threats.
“BT has already delivered a world-leading solution, so it makes sense to develop our relationship further.”
BT will deliver and integrate a range of new capabilities for the service, which is designed to deter, react to and recover from any such attack or exploitation.
“This agreement is a huge achievement for BT and it is testament to the success and strength of our collaboration with the MoD,” said Neil Rogers, President, Global Government, BT Global Services.
“The service has already delivered a range of benefits – not just in terms of security but also financial and operational efficiencies – this deal will boost those gains further.”
BT is also working with the government on delivering the UK National Cyber Security Strategy.
The company is also a member of the government’s joint task force on cyber defence, the UK Cyber Hub initiative, and is driving the skills development agenda through sponsorship of initiatives such as the Cyber Security Challenge.
BT is also a steering board member of the Partnering for Cyber Resilience programme.