Sapphire Wins Key Government Contract to Keep Department for Transport Financial Data Secure

4 July 2008

Leading security consultancy Sapphire has been awarded a key network security contract by the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) to ensure that the DfT’s main financial management database, which contains a nine-year record of data relating to departmental budgets, is properly protected.

Sapphire has verified that the COINS solution from systems provider, Information Edge, which feeds into the main Treasury database, is fully secure and meets Government Secure Intranet (GSI) accreditation standards. Commissioned to carry out this brief by the DfT’s IT solutions partner, Computacenter, Sapphire was originally allocated ten days to carry out the project, but completed its work in just six.

Sapphire is listed as a supplier within the Governments Catalyst framework, through Computacenter.

Jason Brunt, sales support manager, Computacenter says “We were impressed with Sapphire’s efficient service provision and its ability to work collaboratively with us to ensure that the DfT achieved the best possible end result.”

Weng Lam, System Accountant, Department for Transport (DfT) added: “Sapphire’s experience and expertise in this area enabled it to complete the project well ahead of schedule. Since then we have commissioned it to carry out five days penetration testing in another DfT division. Sapphire has demonstrated a professional approach throughout. I anticipate that we will work together again in the future.”

Computacenter recommended Sapphire for the project because it had gained certification from the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) to provide network security consultancy to government departments wishing to connect to the GSI through the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS). The scheme creates a pool of high quality consultants approved by the CESG to provide information assurance advice to government departments and other organisations who provide vital services to the UK.

Sapphire is currently in discussions with Computacenter with a view to signing a formal channel partner agreement, a move which will give both companies the opportunity to expand their reach into new market sectors.

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