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Project Foxhound: Secure Hardware, Network Rolled Out for Gov’t

Project Foxhound: Secure Hardware, Network Rolled Out for Gov’t (Govt., Critical Infrastructure)

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. A recent National Audit Office (NAO) report suggests upwards of £100 million has been allocated to the Foxhound project, with hardware now being delivered. Although the NAO report does not provide a precise breakdown of spending, it highlights £35 million to “part-fund the Department’s programme to develop a secure, cross‑government IT network called Foxhound” and notes a further £69 million dedicated to funding Foxhound and the troubled Verify programme.

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