Government Connect rewards VEGA with £1.6m contract extension

Darmstadt, (PresseBox) - VEGA Group PLC (VEGA), the specialist professional services company, has been awarded a £1.6m contract extension to continue providing specialist support to Government Connect.

Government Connect is the strategic partnership between central government departments and the local government community that aims to build a secure network for English and Welsh local authorities to support better collaboration between central and local government, and share sensitive information online, quickly, easily, accurately and in real time. The programme is an example of how the successful exploitation of technology can enable Transformational Government.

VEGA will support the Government Connect Programme Support Office, and Requirements and System Architecture Team, as well as provide CLAS Security Consultants, and Service Desk and Support Manager. VEGA consultants also form the majority of the central and regionally-based Account Management Team, who act both as Security Advisors and Account Managers, assisting all 410 Local Authorities throughout England and Wales in analysing and proving security compliance, and achieving technical configuration.

As part of its continued involvement with Government Connect, VEGA is working closely with central government departments and agencies including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); Communities and Local Government (CLG); the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions (OGCbs); the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF); the Local Government Association (LGA); Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC); the Youth Justice Board (YJB); and the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ (CESG).

The new contract builds on VEGA's support to Government Connect since November 2006, and runs until March 2009.

VEGA's Director for Government and Defence, Peter Armstrong, said: "This contract extension is confirmation of VEGA's deep understanding, capability and experience in the provision of secure networks in meeting the technological and security challenges inherent in Government Connect. Moving forward, we are excited about continuing to provide support to this important transformation programme improving the service provision for local government."

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH

VEGA is a specialist professional services company. It provides independent consulting, technology and managed solutions, based on 30 years' experience of specialist market and technological domains. This enables VEGA to offer independent expert advice and pragmatic support services in the effective implementation of business strategy. In doing so, VEGA helps its clients to identify business value, manage risk and realise higher levels of success from their programmes and projects.

In January 2008, VEGA Group PLC and all its subsidiaries were acquired by Finmeccanica S.P.A ("Finmeccanica"), the main Italian industrial group operating globally in the aerospace, defence and security sectors. VEGA is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica.

VEGA's principal markets are Aerospace, Defence and Government. Its key geographies are the UK, Germany, Holland, France and Spain.

Within the Aerospace market, VEGA supports scientific, commercial and military programmes worldwide and has been involved in almost every European Space Agency mission over the last 30 years. Clients include: European Space Agency, European Commission, French National Space Agency (CNES), German National Aerospace Agency (DLR), Inmarsat, EUMETSAT, EADS Astrium, Thales Alenia Space and SES Astra.

VEGA is certified to the internationally recognised standard for Information Security ISO/IEC 27001:2005.

VEGA is also ISO 9001:2000 & TickIT accredited through Det Norske Veritas and is certified to ISO 14000, environmental management.

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