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Ministry of Justice signs for info security service

BAE Systems Detica on board

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has signed a contract with BAE Systems Detica for a managed service covering its information security.

While the value of the two-year deal has not made available, the company said it will take on the delivery risk. Work will be carried out for a fixed price, with Detica bearing any unforeseen costs.

A spokeswoman for Detica said the contract is "outcome based", with payment linked to metrics linked to quality, the timeliness of delivery, and joint objectives around risk management and value for money.

It also said that it will provide substantial savings for the MoJ by bringing all information assurance and cyber security services under one supplier. Previously it has used a number of contractors and teams, often in response to temporary requirements.

Detica will initially focus on the MoJ's IT architecture, security policy, governance and risk management and compliance and regulatory requirements, and advise on cyber security and protective measures. The contract also includes optional components including security testing, protective monitoring of internal and external activity, and forensics.

Bob Nicholls, the MoJ's head of information assurance, 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.

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

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