UK MOD hires CGI to support its Cryptography Management System

04 August 2016

The UK Ministry of Defence has hired CGI to support the country’s Cryptography Management System. The IT consulting firm will continue to provide support for the Ministry’s communications security system, among which the distributed application CODES. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Secure communication remains a key component of a wide range of organisations. For armies, being able to send commands to the front line that are not intercepted by the enemy remains as key as ever for winning battles and the war. The breaking of the Axis’ Enigma code during WW2 was said, by Dwight Eisenhower, to have been ‘decisive’ to victory for the Allies.

Since WW2, computer systems have become ever more complex, while state and non-state actors have become ever more proficient at penetrating the countries’ most critical systems. In a bid improve the UK’s defences against espionage, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has developed the CODES Communications Security (COMSEC) asset management system to secure the country’s sovereign security infrastructure, used by the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, for communications and applications across the world’s hot spots.

UK MOD hires CGI to support its Cryptography Management System

CGI, it was recently announced, has won a contract from the MOD to provide ongoing support and post design services for the software application side of CODES as well as for hardware support for the MOD’s IT infrastructure. The firm is tasked with continuing to support the cryptography management system developed for the MOD, providing it with end-user crypto custodians as well as accounting accuracy and control for both physical and electronic COMSEC assets. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

CGI’s Steve Smart, Senior Vice President, Space, Defence, National and Cyber Security, in the UK comments, “Our ongoing relationship will enable the MOD to sustain its crypto distribution capability, supported by CGI’s deep technical expertise and domain knowledge. It can be enhanced to support the MOD’s developing crypto capability and will strengthen our secure application development, support and hosting expertise and offerings. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the MOD and delivering first class support.”


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”