The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has exdtended a seven-year contract for cyber security services from BT Global Services to beef up capabilities of an existing commercial off-the-shelf-based cyber defence solution.

Called eCND (enhanced computer network defence), the service BT provides is deployed to protect the MoD’s global IT estate. A feature of note is that the system also has an incident archive so that the MoD to learn from previous security incidents.

Air Commodore Tim Bishop, head of service operations at the MoD, said: “Over the last five years we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of threats to the UK’s national security through cyberspace, so it is crucial that we look to constantly improve our defence mechanisms to meet those threats.”

The MoD said it detected and blocked more than 1,000 potentially serious cyber attacks on its IT systems in 2010.

Although the contract value has not been disclosed, BT claims that it delivers improved financial and operational efficiencies.

The MoD also holds a £640 million contract for Defence Fixed Telecommunications Services (DFTS) with BT, which was extended to 2015 back in 2010.

More recently, it also awarded an IT support contract to HP for £13.5m over three years