TalkTalk hired BAE Systems' infosec bods before hack

Plus: Police told us not to answer questions, says telco.
Alexander J Martin
Contrary to suggestions that TalkTalk hired BAE Systems to shore up its security after the much-publicised hack in October, the telco had actually been outsourcing its security operations centre to BAE since June – and previously told investors it had “completed” a security audit.
In its annual report, published in June, TalkTalk claimed it had completed key cybersecurity initiatives including the “encryption of hardware and removable media” implementing “a data loss prevention solution,” as well as a complete “vulnerability scanning and penetration testing” run-through.
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