By Nick Heath
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
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
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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