MI5 has admitted that its staff are not sufficiently skilled in IT, and is introducing a redundancy programme for some employees, according to the annual Intelligence and Security Committee Report (PDF).
The report noted that Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5, had told the Committee that he was concerned about the levels of IT skills, and that "some of the staff perhaps aren't quite the ones that we will want for the future".
The Committee also heard from Iain Lobban, director of GCHQ, who said that growing demand for the services of the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) had led to a funding shortfall of several million pounds.
"I believe there is a strong argument that, as government becomes more and more dependent on IT, we need to consider what proportion of government IT spend should be going towards making the systems secure and resilient," Lobban said in the report.
"I have been recommending to the cabinet secretary that we should stop charging government departments for CESG services with effect from April this year, and if not from April this year, April next year."
The report also touched on the construction of a bespoke datacentre for MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service which is being jointly funded by the two bodies. The cost of the project was not revealed.
GCHQ is not taking part in the project as it does not have the funding to participate, and has said that it does not believe the project would meet its requirements.
"It does not offer sufficient space for our requirements or indeed a resilient solution. It is effectively just another datacentre," GCHQ said in the report.
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