Defence Secretary announces major cyber investment

Cyber Security at the Ministry of Defence

The UK will invest up to £265m to boost the defence of military cyber systems, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Michael Fallon said the investment, which supports the new Cyber Vulnerability Investigations (CVI) programme, will help the MOD better understand cyber risks.

Speaking at the second International Cyber Symposium Mr Fallon said it will also help the MOD ensure that resilience to cyber-attack is built-in when buying equipment in future.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Cyber-attack is one of the greatest challenges to our security. It’s crucial we use our increasing defence budget to stay ahead and investing in this programme will help us protect against these threats.”

The programme will complement the work of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC), the £40 million facility announced in April to use state-of-the-art cyber capabilities to protect the MOD’s cyberspace from malicious actors.

The programme has also benefited from detailed analysis across the full range of potential cyber-attacks, meaning it is dynamic and can be applied to all aspects of MOD digital systems.

The funding follows the UK and US signing a Memorandum Of Understanding to work more closely together to overcome the growing cyber risk.

Separately the UK and France confirmed greater co-operation to defeat this threat under the Lancaster House Agreement.

Today’s announcement comes on the same day that Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin launched the next phase of a €150 million joint Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) programme alongside her French counterpart, Laurent Collet-Billon.

Working with French allies, the programme will develop cutting edge maritime mine warfare capability to keep the UK and France at the forefront of autonomous systems technology. The development and deployment of unmanned mine clearance drones will help keep our personnel safe in challenging maritime environments.

As part of our £178 billion equipment plan, the programme will be supported by a defence budget that will rise every year until the end of the decade, meeting the NATO commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence.

MOD Supply Chain Advocates: Sim Carswell [video]

MOD Supply Chain Advocates are being embedded across the Department to work with existing and new defence suppliers; providing impartial advice and guidance on doing business with the authority.

Here MOD Defence Contracts Bulletin Features Editor, Julie Shennan, speaks with MOD Supply Chain Development Advocate, Sim Carswell about how suppliers can optimise the service.

 

 

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Advising UK Defence Exports: Richard Freeman [video]

UKTI DSO is the organisation that helps UK defence and security industries export their products. It works to maintain relationships with overseas governments to promote British defence and security products, as well as collaborating with MOD and industry to ensure defence and security products have export potential.

Here the then Defence Contracts Bulletin Magazine Editor Paul Elliott speaks to UKTI DSO’s Senior Police and Security Advisor, Richard Freeman, about how DSO helps UK firms export defence solutions.

 

 

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Academia Enriches Defence: John Lough [video]

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, officially still known by its old name, the Royal United Services Institution, is a British defence and security think tank.

Here the then Defence Contracts Bulletin Magazine Editor Paul Elliott speaks to RUSI Director of Defence and Industries and Society John Lough about the vitality of defence academia.

 

 

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ASTi to deliver T4/SERA for RAF helicopter training programme

Advanced Simulation Technology Inc (ASTi) is to deliver equipment to be installed on a suite of full-fidelity CH-47 Mk6 Chinook helicopter weapons system trainers for the Royal Air Force.

ASTi Telestra 4 and Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC (SERA) systems will equip two flight-deck trainers and one cabin trainer with critical audio and communications capabilities. These trainers can operate in standalone or integrated modes.

ASTi’s SERA system generates artificially intelligent (AI) entities representing air traffic controllers, other aircraft and pilots who all communicate in the same simulation. Using SERA’s advanced speech recognition, pilot trainees can interact with AI controllers through all phases of flight training. This technology can replicate regional accents and eliminates the need for additional staff role players. The result is a truly immersive and fully automated ATC and external radio environment for enhanced aircrew training.

Telestra 4 operates seamlessly with SERA, providing a comprehensive communications environment and high-fidelity aural cue sound model for the CH-47. In addition to eight radios, the Telestra 4 system includes full military navigational aids, missile warning systems and more. The sound model for the Chinook accommodates a wide variety of audio-sound effects. These effects include harmonics for multiple drive shafts and transmissions unique to the tandem rotor helicopter.

IQHQ demonstrates new military wireless communications technology

Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, IQHQ has designed, developed and successfully demonstrated a new military wireless communication wideband radio system. Later this year IQHQ will demonstrate the system to the US and French Governments in conjunction with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

In future, this work could provide the Ministry of Defence with more resilient, reliable, agile and capable wireless communications technology.

Founded in 2009 and based in Malvern, Worcestershire, IQHQ is an SME that develops state-of-the-art military-grade radio technologies. It has a range of patents and inventions in key technologies such as very high-resilience receiver design, spectrum management and through-wall penetration.

Neil Bourhill, Managing Director of IQHQ, said: “IQHQ’s first-ever contract was a CDE contract. From that seed-corn work the company has grown tremendously to now, where the company’s technical achievements are influencing MOD policy in the area of future wireless communications. CDE was a lifeline and a strategic platform for IQHQ, opening doors into cutting-edge research programmes under Dstl’s direction.”

Kahootz: a look at the origin of Defence Share

KahootzMOD Information Systems and Services recently introduced Defence Share to enable the secure storage and sharing of information up to ‘Official-Sensitive’ classification. Here MOD DCB features writer Paul Elliott catches up with John Glover, director of Kahootz whose solution powers Defence Share, to discuss the new platform, the role of Kahootz and the merits of G-Cloud procurement.

Introduced in October 2015 by MOD Information Systems and Services (ISS), Defence Share enables the Ministry of Defence to safely share information with industry and other government departments using a public cloud collaboration service, which can be accessed on demand over MOD private networks and the public internet.

It has been adopted by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to meet its immediate business requirements to work securely with suppliers across the defence industry, and is now being made available to the rest of the MOD.

How it works

Defence Share is built on Kahootz, a secure cloud collaboration platform which allows people to build, without the requirement for deep technical expertise, workspaces where they can share documents, diaries, tasks, discussions and questionnaires in databases.

The platform is now formally accredited for use across the MOD through the ISS service catalogue, and is improving business agility by enabling MOD project teams and business units to quickly request, deploy and pay for secure collaboration workspaces as and when they need them.

Kahootz director John Glover explained: “Basically what a lot of organisations need to do is collaborate, not only inside the organisation but externally with partners, suppliers and key stakeholders. They want to do that in as safe a way as possible. Quite a lot of the time stakeholders want to configure workspaces; it could be a deal room, it could be a committee room, it could be a special interest group in a particular area – there’s a whole range of potential purposes for the tool.”

How it Began

In 2012, when the G-Cloud emerged, Kahootz decided to make an early move regarding accreditation of security. The Government had the idea to pre-accredit systems on the cloud so that departments could use them at will.

Annually, Kahootz provides evidence of how it meets the 14 cloud security principles that the Government has set for accreditation. ISS utilised the G-Cloud digital marketplace to shortlist and select the Enterprise version of Kahootz, so it is unsurprising that Mr Glover is a big supporter of the G-Cloud.

He commented: “For us, G-Cloud was an opportunity because a lot of our business comes from the public sector. We created the self-service proposition so even our competitors can use the free trial and there’s total transparency on price and functionality.

“Because we got our security accreditation early, it really gave us a bit of a leg-up as the Government needed to put its assets in the cloud and know they were safe. We got our accreditation about a month after Microsoft, so there were only two or three in the collaboration space, which really helped us.”

Future of G-Cloud in Defence

The MOD requires commercial flexibility with security to buy what it needs, when it needs it. Kahootz is providing a test case for a consumption-based service model. More business units and trading organisations within the MOD estate are starting to take up Defence Share, and with serious interest too from the Primes, we could all be seeing much more of this innovative new platform throughout the supply chain.

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Tips for SME Defence Suppliers: Rob Rolley [video]

rob rolleyDefence is an industry that thrives on innovation, making it a market well suited to SMEs. Here Defence Contracts Bulletin Magazine Editor Paul Elliot speaks with General Dynamics UK Techology Director, Rob Rolley, to discuss the opportunities available within the industry for smaller suppliers.

 

SME’s efficient business models and innovative solutions make them popular among procurement officials. It’s no surprise then that the UK MOD has set a target of spending 25% of all its procurement spend – both direct and indirect – with SMEs by 2020.

SMEs can also flourish within the defence private sector, as Rob Rolley explains:

Why General Dynamics likes to work with SMEs.

  • The dedication required to be an SME defence supplier.
  • Top tips for SMEs entering defence markets.

 

 

As defence is one of the world’s largest markets, organisations of any size can and already do successfully win new business and form strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading public and private companies.

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SMEs can thrive in Defence: Jim Pennycook [video]

Jim PennycookThe UK Ministry of Defence spends approximately £23bn on the procurement of goods and services with industry each year, making it one of the UK’s single largest buying organisations. At DPRTE 2016, MOD DCB Editor Paul Elliott met with Centre of Defence Enterprise (CDE) Head of Operations, Jim Pennycook, to discuss the opportunities this market presents to SMEs.

Defence buying isn’t restricted to military supplies and materiel; its contracts include transferrable technologies such as civil transport, research and development, blue light services, cyber security solutions, and communications to name but a few.

It’s no surprise then that Dstl’s Centre of Defence Enterprise seeks to engage with suppliers of all sizes to provide its goods and services. Here Mr Pennycook explains:

How SMEs can engage with CDE.

And what CDE seeks from its SME suppliers.

 

 

As defence is one of the world’s largest markets, organisations of any size can and already do successfully win new business and form strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading public and private companies.

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Defence Supply Chain Tips: Steven Morgan [video]

Steven Morgan
The UK Ministry of Defence spends approximately £23bn on the procurement of goods and services with industry each year, making it one of the UK’s single largest buying organisations. Here MOD DCB Editor Paul Elliott discusses the MOD supply chain with Commercial Director of the MOD, Steven Morgan, at DPRTE 2016.

In this interview Mr Morgan discusses SMEs, early engagement, and offers tips to businesses hoping to win MOD contracts.

Defence buying isn’t restricted to military supplies and materiel; its contracts include transferrable technologies such as civil transport, research and development, blue light services, cyber security solutions, and communications to name but a few.

 

Have you ever wondered what the MOD looks for in its diverse supplier base?

How it is modernising its procurement?

How it works with SMEs?

Or how it sees the defence marketplace progressing?

In this video Mr Morgan explains the MOD’s procurement strategy and plans for the future.

 

 

As defence is one of the world’s largest markets, organisations of any size can and already do successfully win new business and form strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading public and private companies.

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