‘Government will not get a grip on Fox-IT in conflict over state secrets’
The Dutch government and the cybersecuritybedrijf Fox-IT could not agree on measures to prevent state secrets in the wrong hands.
The from origin Dutch Fox-IT came two years ago in British hands. Because the company a lot of state secrets to protect, the government wants to ensure that the most sensitive parts of the firm are not suddenly can be re-sold.
But the ministry of Defence and Fox-IT preliminary not agree, please notify the NRC Wednesday. The ministry tells the newspaper that Fox-IT still has objections to the measures that the government proposes.
Fox-IT has all the staatsgeheime activities to be found in the individual business unit Fox Crypto. The ministry wants control over this part, so it is unlikely to be sold, merged, or provide new directors. However, if the case of a sale, the ministry and the first shares can buy them.
He might, Fox-IT has not been able to find in these requirements. The company would only be prepared to the military intelligence service MIVD to inform if a sale is imminent. About the other requirements is still being negotiated.
In January, it appeared from the notice of NRC that the acquisition of Fox-IT came as a surprise for the Dutch government. The company was for many years intimately interdependent with the Dutch security services, that no account seemed to with a sales.