The Insolvency Service has awarded Thales UK a five-year contract to secure its wide area network, through the government's Public Services Network (PSN) procurement framework.

Thales will deliver secure network services across Insolvency Service sites, including head office, regional offices and associated data centres. The Insolvency Service has around 2,100 staff, operating from 35 locations across the UK.

In addition Thales will be responsible for the migration of the existing network onto the new PSN secure communications network with associated support services.

The PSN is being implemented across the UK public sector. By creating one integrated network the PSN will enable different government departments to safely share services and collaborate in new ways.

Sam Keayes, vice president for security and consulting at Thales UK, said: “This contract reinforces Thales’s position as a key provider of secure network and cyber-security services for the government and the country’s critical national infrastructure."

The value of the Insolvency Service contract has not been disclosed.

The Department for Transport recently awarded Azzurri Communications a five year £1 million IP telephony contract under the PSN procurement framework.

Under that deal Azzurri will provide professional services, including full project management, design and installation services, user training, a security audit, and a resident engineer for three months following the go-live of the project.