Thales UK, the French-owned defence giant that hired recently-retired GCHQ chief Sir David Pepper as an advisor, is bidding for a massive government cryptography system that GCHQ has been closely involved in designing - including under Pepper. The firm is leading one of just two industry consortia vying to implement the Ministry …
The BIG money
The big money will be in the subsequent contract, for a method of getting government agencies to actually use the encryption once it is developed. Of course that will prove to be an intractable problem and the project will end in failure, but someone will still make a lot of money.
So when Lobban retires
will he be 'lobban' the MoD - ho ho ho, what a sense of humour I have :-)
A senior civil servant with a Science Degree
Although it is in Theoretical Physics.
Nothing that would whiff too strongly that he might know how massively absurd some of GCHQ's plans (Mastering the Internet for sure, Government Interception Modernisation Programme probably)
And on network security does anyone know if the Right Honourable Members of the Houses of Parliement still suffer Conficker?