Security consultancy launches voluntary benefits scheme

by Editor 7/7/2009 4:15:00 PM
Detica, UK's leading security, technology and business consulting firm, has launched a new voluntary benefits scheme for its 1,400 employees in the UK. The scheme, called Pick and Mix Extras, will among other things get Detica employees discounts from a number of retailers, including Vodafone, Comet and Asda. The new benefits scheme will run alongside the consulting firm's existing flexible benefits program.

"In these challenging financial times, we are really pleased to offer our employees such a great range of retail discounts and offers,” said Jo Eagle, reward and HR analyst at Detica. "We felt they would appreciate the opportunity to make genuine savings on everyday things, such as groceries and petrol."

Detica will also keep the employees updated on the offers available through the new benefits plan. The company is working with scheme provider Asperity Employee Benefits on a news feed that will feature regular updates on the various opportunities and advantages of the new benefits scheme.

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Global insurance group enhances fraud detection systems with Detica NetReveal®

by Editor 5/26/2009 4:02:00 PM
IT consulting firm Detica has announced that RSA, a FTSE 100 global insurance group, has acquired a licence for Detica NetReveal® along with related services, in order enhance its existing fraud detection systems.

Detica’s groundbreaking technology will be used to expose organized fraud across a wide range of insurance claims that RSA’s personal and commercial motor insurance and home insurance business in the UK deals with.

John Beadle, UK Counter Fraud Manager at RSA, said: “We chose Detica NetReveal® following an extensive review of potential providers plus the successful completion of a ‘live’ trial that resulted in substantially improved fraud detection rates.”

Andy Cobb, Director of Business Development for Detica NetReveal®, added: “We are delighted that RSA, one of the world’s leading insurance groups, has chosen our solution. Using the latest version of Detica NetReveal® we will not only accelerate offline investigations but also take fraud prevention a step further by performing live screening of new claims against pre-scored criminal networks. We are delighted to continue to offer our commercial clients the fruits of over thirty years of developing solutions to some of the most complex security problems.”

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Detica opens Manchester City centre office

by Editor 5/15/2009 3:42:00 PM
Business and technology consulting firm Detica will open a new office in central Manchester on Tuesday, May 19. The launch event will take place at 6pm.

The information intelligence specialist is recruiting new staff, hoping to attract top talent, and expanding its business in the North of England to meet the needs of its growing number of clients in the region.

“Detica has always enjoyed a rapid growth rate and our success of recent years is continuing despite the current economic climate,” said Martin Sutherland, Detica’s Managing Director. “We are witnessing a significant increase in demand for our services, especially in the North, and are growing in order to respond to the needs of both our existing and new clients.

“We are excited about our expansion in Manchester and look forward to growing our team with talented and enthusiastic individuals who share our passion for excellence and success.”

Detica’s clients include Vodafone, BT, the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. At the launch event, the firm will present its future plans and thoughts on future developments in the area of information intelligence. Detica’s team of leaders will be available to discuss career opportunities at the firm with consultants and other potential job candidates.

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After Detica and MTC, BAE Systems stays on acquisitive course

by Editor 2/23/2009 4:44:00 PM
IT giant BAE Systems released its financial results for 2008 yesterday, which showed that the company's sales rose 18 percent, to £18.5 billion, last year. BAE's earnings before interest, tax and amortisation rose 31 percent, to £1.9 billion, and operating operating cashflow of £26 billion left a net cash balance of £39 million.

The company's expectations for the year ahead are optimistic, with a £46.5 billion order book (a 20 percent increase since 2007) under their belt. “We are quietly positive about our performance for 2009,” says Ian King, BAE chief executive.

BAE Systems made £1 billion worth of investments in 2008, including IT and security consultancy Detica in the UK and MTC Technologies in the U.S. The company intends to stay on the same course this year. “Our shareholders are keen to continue the acquisition strategy,” King confirms, adding: “Any acquisitions, I think, would be in the U.S.”

BAE executives expect to invest about £200 million into the UK scheme, and $250 million (£174 million) into that in the U.S. “There is some short-term funding needed, but it is not on a scale to impact the business of the group in delivering its long-term strategy,” says King.

The company’s counter-terrorist security business will keep playing a crucial role in driving growth over the next several years, both in the UK and across the pond.

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CMC appoints leading defence expert, reaches agreement with Detica

by Editor 1/29/2009 4:27:00 PM
CMC Partnership, the management consulting firm recently named the fastest-growing steadfast in the financial and business services sector in Wales, has appointed a leading defence industry expert to its government board after being given an important role in the reorganisation of the Ministry of Defence.

The Welsh consultancy is a partner in the SCS ICS Alliance, employed by the Ministry to help deliver strategic changes in its operations.

CMC has also reached an agreement with Detica, the contract owner and world’s leading information intelligence specialist, to deliver business management and support services to the Ministry.

“The pace of change inside of the Ministry of Defence is accelerating and CMC will be required to provide timely and effective specialist support in change, advertisement and project management," said Richard Carter, the systems engineering and organisational growth expert who is responsible for managing contracts and enlarging CMC’s business in the defence sector. ''Helping the MoD reshape itself to better give what is required in our increasingly complex and security- focused world is a vital role and I am very pleased to be able to link my experience with CMC’s in this field.”

CMC director Rhiannon Cooke added: “Richard has had a highly successful career in the defence, IT and banking worlds, including the security and aerospace sectors and we are delighted he has chosen to connect our team at this exciting time.”

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Detica recommends new business model in BERR digital piracy consultation paper

by Editor 11/14/2008 9:52:00 AM
Business and technology consulting firm Detica has urged the UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to shift the focus of its consultation process away from enforcement when considering legislative options for addressing illicit peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.

Andy Frost, Director of Media at Detica, says: “While we commend BERR’s focus on upholding copyright, we believe the practicalities of enforcement alone will prove too costly and time-consuming for the ISPs to administer. The best solution will be one that meets the needs of the broader community of artists, consumers and labels — and the ISPs that bind them — and not one that fixates on the labels and the hardcore criminal minority that threatens them”.

Detica insists that stronger collaboration between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the entertainment industry is the only way to make it easier for consumers to download music and films legally whilst also providing ‘fair trade’ for artists.

Frost continues: “The spirit of the BERR consultation document appears to be overly focused on protecting the interests of record labels who own the copyright material and are being threatened by an explosion in unlicensed P2P file sharing. Of course, labels have a legitimate interest in seeing the authorities resolve this issue, but the reality is that the digital marketplace is very complex. Any solution will need to encapsulate the needs of other stakeholders too, especially artists and consumers who are not necessarily able to demonstrate such a united front to the Government”.

Detica argues that collaboration can be achieved by the industry adopting a voluntary framework in which ISPs deploy advanced technology to identify where and when copyrighted files are being downloaded.

Frost adds: “We can now deploy proven, scaleable intelligence technology within an ISP’s network to enable them to deliver exciting new business models such as a ‘per track’ download fee or an ‘all in’ monthly subscription service. Ultimately, this approach could see the spectre of illegal downloading disappear altogether since users will be charged automatically — and fairly — for any files they download or share”.

As well as bypassing the significant costs and potential ineffectiveness of an enforcement-focused regime, Detica’s proposed solution will enable any profit generated by user downloads to be shared proportionately between ISPs, labels and artists.

Frost comments: “Our collaborative business approach acknowledges all the players impacted by digital downloading and strives to provide a degree of fairness for all. Our experience from the security industry tells us that in these situations voluntary compliance is just as important as enforced compliance — you only use a big stick for the minority of hardened cases.”

Whilst the ISPs will need to absorb the set-up costs of the technology, Detica believes this will likely be less than the costs of administering an enforcement-focused solution. Frost concludes: “With our solution everybody wins, not least the ISPs who will be able to recoup the technology costs by charging customer subscriptions and sharing new customer insight, for a fee, with the content owners”.

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Detica signs deal with global insurer

by Editor 9/30/2008 4:11:00 PM
Business and technology consulting firm Detica Group plc has announced that Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has bought an enterprise-wide licence for the consultancy’s top of the line counter-fraud and intelligence product Detica NetReveal, as well as related professional services.

“As a long-standing Detica NetReveal client, HMRC’s decision to move to an enterprise licence is a fitting testament to the proven capabilities of this revolutionary product. We look forward to continuing to roll out market-leading solutions for them,” said Imam Hoque, Detica NetReveal Founder and CTO.

Detica NetReveal is designed to uncover fraud and broader criminal networks and help the government, large financial institutions, enforcement and intelligence services detect the hidden relationships in their data.

Detica, market leader in fraud detection, has already worked with such organizations as HMRC, HSBC and the UK’s Insurance Fraud Bureau.

Andy Cobb, Director of Business Development for Detica NetReveal, said: “Our continued emphasis on developing powerful models for detecting financial crime across all insurance lines is reaping substantial benefits for insurers across the industry and brings particular benefits to global players as they standardise on a single resilient solution.”

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Detica develops ground-breaking market surveillance system

by Editor 9/16/2008 4:38:00 PM
Business and technology consultancy Detica has developed a top notch market surveillance system for Turquoise, the new multi-lateral trading facility that serves as an alternative to the London Stock Exchange.

Detica's market surveillance system will offer an instant view of the market and help spot illegal trading as well as eliminate irregularities on the market.

The launch of Detica's new technology is particularly well-timed, as reports of market abuse have become more frequent in recent months.

Detica also gets some of the credit for helping Turquoise pass the FSA's strict regulatory requirements.

“We are proud to have been involved in facilitating the success of Turquoise, a trading platform which is destined to become a household name like the London Stock Exchange. The introduction of Turquoise as a new trading venue will help improve the resilience of the UK marketplace,” says Simon Asplen-Taylor, Head of Market and Regulatory Services at Detica.

While developing the surveillance system, Detica also created a market surveillance accelerator, one that makes it possible for the solution to keep pace with the changes on the market.

“The market surveillance system we have developed is truly groundbreaking. It cuts through market noise to deliver, in real time, a clear picture of what is really happening and the unusual events that are occurring. As an industry initiative, Turquoise provides a real opportunity for investment banks to crack down on fraudulent activity together,” concludes Asplen-Taylor.

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Detica acquisition cleared by the Office of Fair Trading

by Editor 9/16/2008 4:32:00 PM
BAE System’s £531 million acquisition of IT services firm Detica has been cleared by the Office of Fair Trading.

The UK defence contractor made the initial offer for Detica in July, which was also its first major step forward into the national security sector. Detica supplies software and IT services to the government as well as to a number of high profile corporate clients. A major chunk of Detica’s annual revenue (£203 million in the year to March 2008), comes from government contracts.   

BAE sees national security as a key new area for expansion and expects the UK’s national security market to double to more than £3 billion by 2011. The defence contractor is likely to make more acquisitions in the area.

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The Consultancy Careers Fair 2008 – London, October 9 -10

by Editor 8/26/2008 4:40:00 PM
This year, the Consultancy Careers Fair will take place at the Barbican Exhibition Hall in central London on October 9th and 10th.

Visiting consultants will have the opportunity to meet recruiters from a wide range of consulting firms. The doors will be open to them on Thursday, October 9th (18:30 – 21:00) and Friday, October 10th (09:30 – 16:30).

To attend, book your ticket on the Consultancy Careers Fair website, where you can also find more information about the event. Spaces are limited, so make sure you register your ticket soon.

UK's leading management and IT consulting firms, including some of the world's best known consultancy brands, and a number of boutique firms will be sending their recruiters to the event.

The consulting firms that will exhibit at the 2008 Consultancy Careers Fair include Accenture, Axon, Consulting Point, Convergys, Dell Corporation, Deloitte, Detica, Ernst & Young, Gartner UK, Hitachi Consulting, IBM, Mindbench, Navigant Consulting, PA Consulting, PCubed, PricewaterhouseCooopers LLP, Proudfoot Consulting, Qedis, Tefen Ltd, and many others. More than 45 stands have already been booked and over 2,500 people are expected to attend the event.

The annual Consultancy Careers Fair is organized by career websites Top-Consultant.com and TopITconsultant.co.uk.

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