UK Ministry of Defence introduces Defence Share for secure collaboration over the Internet

Posted by John Glover

26-Feb-2016 11:40:34

The MOD’s Information Systems and Services (ISS) has introduced Defence Share, a Secure Collaborative Working Environment, to enable the secure storage and sharing of information up to ‘OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE’ classification.

Defence Share, powered by INOVEM’s Kahootz product, enables the MOD to safely share information with industry, other government departments and allied nations using a public cloud collaboration service which can be accessed on demand over MOD private networks and the public Internet. MOD_defence_share.jpg

The platform is now formally accredited for use across the MOD and will be added to the ISS service catalogue improving business agility by enabling MOD project teams and business units to quickly request, deploy and pay for secure collaboration workspaces as and when they need them.

Following a formal competition through the government’s G-Cloud procurement framework, INOVEM were awarded the contract. Peter Jackson, INOVEM’s Managing Director, commented: “The MOD’s selection of Kahootz is a massive endorsement of the government’s new approach to assessing cloud security based on commercial good practice, the innovative G-Cloud procurement process and the work we have done over the last 12 years to ensure our Kahootz service is secure, resilient, highly accessible and easy to use.

Steered by their Cloud First Policy, ISS utilised the G-Cloud digital marketplace to shortlist and select the Enterprise version of the Kahootz cloud collaboration service after in-depth scrutiny of the platform’s capabilities, ease of network access, security controls, supportability and value for money. 

“We are now working closely with ISS staff and their defence industry partners to help them deploy Defence Share to enable modern and more agile ways of working,” adds Jackson.

Defence Share has already been adopted by the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support to meet their immediate business requirements to work securely with suppliers across the defence industry, and is now being made available to the remainder of the MOD.

Topics: public sector, procurement, g-cloud, central government