UK defence chooses Baltimore in 10-year e-security deal

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Baltimore Technologies has won a contract with the UKMinistry of Defence (MoD) to secure its Defence Electronic Commerce Service (DECS). In conjunction with the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young team, Baltimore’s e-security technology will be used to secure and authenticate e-business with its trading partners.

DECS will allow the MoD to tender its procurement requirements on the internet, reducing the overheads associated with paper-based systems. This is a central part of a cost-cutting measure that should save the department up to 20% over the next five years.

Baltimore UniCERT, a certificate management system, will secure an infrastructure for trusted online trading. With digital certificates, the MoD can ensure the authenticity, integrity, non-reputability, and confidentiality of electronically transmitted documents and business-to-business transactions.

Baltimore will also train staff for operation of the e-security infrastructure. “Security is crucial to the success of e-commerce; the ability to authenticate users and to digitally sign documents gives confidence that the transactions are bona fide and auditable,” commented Charles Pierson, UK Government Business development manager, Baltimore Technologies.

“Government has always been a strong market for us and is a strategic focus for Baltimore,” said Aidan Gallagher, executive vice president, Baltimore Technologies. “This win underlines our capability to design and support robust, innovative security solutions for MoD and Central Government

According to Cap Gemini’s Richard Pink, “Baltimore UniCert is an interoperable, convenient and cost-effective solution that will enable the MoD to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the internet economy in a transparent and secure fashion.”

The MoD currently operates a scattered network of over 800 internal websites and is now looking to consolidate procurement orders into a single database. The DECS contract will run for at least 10 years and it is hoped that it will eventually be used to trade with sectors outside the military field, such as other government departments and commercial bodies in the aerospace industry.

Baltimore UniCERT is a certificate management system for the issuance and management of digital certificates within a public key infrastructure for a wide range of e-business and enterprise systems. Based on open, standards based architecture, it consists of a highly secure, yet modular back-end system that integrates with other software systems.

Baltimore Technologies employs over 730 people worldwide and operates from 28 cities with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland; London, UK; Boston, USA and Sydney, Australia.

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