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Encryption demands: Ignored by quarter of MoD contractors




Encryption demands: Ignored by quarter of MoD contractors
Encryption demands: Ignored by quarter of MoD contractors



http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/protecting-enterprise-data/encryption-demands-ignored-by-quarter-of-mod-contractors-39398413.htm 

By Nick Heath
Silicon.com
26 February 2009 

Companies working on confidential UK defence information are not 
complying with government demands to encrypt data.

One-quarter of contractors which either access the Ministry of Defence 
Restricted Network or who work on classified or above information have 
failed to confirm they encrypt all defence data held on laptops and 
portable media - a requirement under the MoD's List-X Notice security 
standards.

In a written answer to Parliament, defence minister Bob Ainsworth this 
week said that just over eight per cent of contractors confirmed they do 
not comply with the MoD's List-X Notice on laptop and media encryption, 
while just over 18 per cent have not confirmed whether or not they meet 
the standard.

An MoD spokeswoman told silicon.com that a small number of contractors 
have said that compliance with the encryption standards was "not 
practicable". The MoD is working with those contractors to minimise the 
risk of losing data, she added.

Ainsworth said almost 23,000 contracts were placed in the financial year 
2007/08 and that the MoD expects to confirm full compliance with all its 
suppliers by the end of March.

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