UK MoD contracts CGI to support defensive cyber operations

15 June 2016 (Last Updated June 15th, 2016 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to CGI to deliver data services to support enhanced decision-making in cyber defence.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to CGI to deliver data services to support enhanced decision-making in cyber defence.

The two-year contract will require the company to design, build and operate the Cyber Situational Awareness Fusion Architecture (CySAFA), which will provide data storage, management and distribution for any cyber-related data source.

The CySAFA will enable large amounts of data to be analysed for defensive cyber operations.

"We will build upon our strong relationships with the MoD to establish a highly effective collaborative working environment which is flexible and can deliver at pace."

It was procured through the Crown Commercial Technology Services Framework, and will be developed under the Government Digital Services standard.

The service will use open-source, modular components to enable the integration of future analysis tools and data feeds.

CGI UK space, defence, national and cyber-security senior vice-president Steve Smart said: "We are delighted to exploit our renowned capabilities in big data analytics and cyber-security and look forward to delivering this highly agile contract.

"We will build upon our strong relationships with the MoD to establish a highly effective collaborative working environment which is flexible and can deliver at pace."

CGI will be backed by Northrop Grumman in the delivery of CySAFA and also Vysiion, from CGI's SME Accelerate programme.

The company already provides defence advice, software solutions, systems integration, secure hosting services and training across the MoD including business, logistics and management information to frontline operations.