Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

5/29/2013
12:47 PM
50%
50%

Thales Wins Secure Public Services Network Deal

In high-security PSN deal, Thales Group tapped to run U.K. Insolvency Service.

One of the first contracts featuring highly secure access has been awarded under the U.K. government's Public Services Network (PSN) Connectivity framework. The PSN attempts to provide a single unified comms standard for all the country's public sector networks.

Specifically, the U.K. end of French aerospace, transport, defense and IT firm Thales has been tapped to provide secure network connectivity services to The Insolvency Service, a government agency that helps people through the process of bankruptcy or radical financial restructuring. (The latest figures show that the service helped about 25,000 clients in the first three months of 2013.)

Thales, whose 2012 sales were in the order of £1.3 billion ($1.9 billion), will supply secure WAN services across all the service's 35 sites, including its head and regional offices and associated data centers, in a five-year deal. No contract size has so far been released.

"Thales has invested heavily in developing our PSN offers over the past twelve months," said Thales' British VP for security and consulting Sam Keayes. "Securing this contract has given us a good foundation to win future business."

[ Is the U.K.'s tax collection system in need of a security overhaul? Read British Tax Authority Criticized On Data Handling. ]

The vendor will also be responsible for the migration of the existing Insolvency Service network onto the new secure communications network, along with running associated support services for its 2,100-strong workforce.

The deal is noteworthy not only for its PSN connection, but also for its high level of security: Impact Level 3, one of the highest classifications in British public ICT.

PSN, which originates back to 2005, was solidified in June 2012 when a core set of early suppliers, including Thales, were identified. In addition to providing one network enabling British civil servants, NHS staff and other public sector workers to better share services and collaborate, the initiative is intended to cut costs and encourage greater adoption of cloud services.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
HackerOne Drops Mobile Voting App Vendor Voatz
Dark Reading Staff 3/30/2020
Limited-Time Free Offers to Secure the Enterprise Amid COVID-19
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  3/31/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
Data breaches and regulations have forced organizations to pay closer attention to the security incident response function. However, security leaders may be overestimating their ability to detect and respond to security incidents. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-11565
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-06
An issue was discovered in the Linux kernel through 5.6.2. mpol_parse_str in mm/mempolicy.c has a stack-based out-of-bounds write because an empty nodelist is mishandled during mount option parsing, aka CID-aa9f7d5172fa.
CVE-2020-11558
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-05
An issue was discovered in libgpac.a in GPAC 0.8.0, as demonstrated by MP4Box. audio_sample_entry_Read in isomedia/box_code_base.c does not properly decide when to make gf_isom_box_del calls. This leads to various use-after-free outcomes involving mdia_Read, gf_isom_delete_movie, and gf_isom_parse_m...
CVE-2020-11547
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-05
PRTG Network Monitor before 20.1.57.1745 allows remote unauthenticated attackers to obtain information about probes running or the server itself (CPU usage, memory, Windows version, and internal statistics) via an HTTP request, as demonstrated by type=probes to login.htm or index.htm.
CVE-2020-11548
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-05
The Search Meter plugin through 2.13.2 for WordPress allows user input introduced in the search bar to be any formula. The attacker could achieve remote code execution via CSV injection if a wp-admin/index.php?page=search-meter Export is performed.
CVE-2020-11542
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
3xLOGIC Infinias eIDC32 2.213 devices with Web 1.107 allow Authentication Bypass via CMD.HTM?CMD= because authentication depends on the client side's interpretation of the <KEY>MYKEY</KEY> substring.