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|Industry||Business and technology consulting|
|Key people||Martin Sutherland (Managing Director)|
|Products||NetReveal, StreamShield, DataRetain, CyberReveal|
BAE Systems Detica is an international business and technology consulting firm owned by BAE Systems. It specialises in collecting, managing and exploiting information to reveal actionable intelligence. Its areas of expertise are information exploitation, security and resilience, fraud containment, threat intelligence and customer insight.
The name Detica comes from the Greek-derived word eidetic, suggesting clear vision.
The business was founded in 1971 as Smith Associates carrying out research on defence matters for the UK Government. It was incorporated in 1977 and renamed Detica in 2001. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2002. In 2003 the company acquired Rubus, an IT services business. It went on to launch Streamshield, an internet security product, in 2004. In 2005 Detica acquired Extraprise UK, a systems integrator. In 2006 it went on to buy Evolution (a consultancy), Inforenz (a computer forensics business) and M.A. Partners (a consultancy serving the capital markets) and in 2007 it acquired DFI International (a consultancy serving the US national security sector).
On 18 July 2008, the prospect of a bidding war for Detica emerged after BAE Systems made an informal offer. On 28 July 2008 the board of Detica and BAE Systems jointly announced that the latter had made a formal cash offer of £4.40 for all issued and to-be-issued share capital. Having been approved by shareholders, BAE declared its offer for Detica unconditional on 25 September 2008 after acquiring over 92% of outstanding shares.
The Company operates in the following markets
- Defence & national security
- Energy & utilities
- Policing & justice
- Telecoms, media & technology
- Central government
- Banking & insurance
A wide range of products is available including Detica NetReveal, a software package to combat fraud, intended for Government departments, the finance sector and leading commercial organisations, Detica DataRetain, a software product enabling Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to comply with data retention regulations, StreamShield, a software package aimed at real-time internet content security, and Detica Secureserve allowing encrypted, filtered and secure data sharing.
The Company has the following office locations:
- London (Blue Fin), UK
- Guildford, UK (Head Office)
- Leeds, UK
- Gloucester, UK
- Amersham, UK
- Quedgeley, UK
- Dublin, Ireland
- Leuven, Belgium
- Paris, France
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Aalborg, Denmark
- Madrid, Spain
- Poznan, Poland
- Washington, DC, USA
- Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- New York, NY, USA
- McLean, Virginia, USA
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Melbourne, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Canberra, Australia
- Perth, Australia
- Brisbane, Australia
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Benoni, South Africa
2011 Cost of Cyber Crime Report
BAE Detica produced a Cost of Cyber Crime Report on behalf of the UK Cabinet Office in February 2011. The report estimated that cyber crime cost the UK economy a mid-range estimate of £27bn every year, with real cost estimated much higher. The report received wide publicity and is still quoted extensively, although has been much criticized by experts. Professor Peter Sommer, London School of Economics, described the BAE Detica report as an "unfortunate item of British Aerospace puffery".
A report commissioned by the UK MOD stated that the BAE Detica report, "was greeted with widespread scepticism and seen as an attempt to talk up the threat; it estimated Britain's cybercrime losses as $3bn by citizens, $3bn by the government and a whopping $21bn by companies. These corporate losses were claimed to come from IP theft (business secrets, not copied music and films) and espionage, but were widely disbelieved both by experts and in the press."
Cambridge University researcher Richard Clayton, one of the researchers behind the MOD report, said, "It's clear that criticism of the Detica report has reduced its effectiveness. It's much better to base policy on known unknowns rather than figures that people find very hard to believe."
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- Tom Black Interview[dead link]
- Detica Interim Results 2004[dead link]
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