I was not content [that the Cabinet] did not have access safely to secure mobile technology”
Security officials have begun to deliver custom-built secure mobile phones and desktops to senior government figures under the much-delayed project Foxhound.
The Cabinet Office-led project was dubbed a “very significant cybersecurity delivery breakthrough” by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s CEO Ciaran Martin in oral evidence to the Public Accounts Select committee this month.
He was among the civil servants facing a grilling from MPs over cybersecurity project delivery, following a row over the opacity of the government’s National Cyber Security Programme and questions over its performance management.
Foxhound was put forward as an example of a recent cybersecurity success.
It involves highly secure, encrypted handsets for members of the Cabinet, amid an ongoing push to modernise government security.