D66 MP Kees Verhoeven asks parliamentary questions about the situation at the Delft IT company after Het Financieele Dagblad reported about the suspension.
It concerns three of the five board members, but the company did not want to say much in the newspaper about the reason for the suspension. An internal investigation is said to be ongoing.
Department of Defense
Fox-IT protects important information and state secrets, including for the Ministry of Defense. According to Verhoeven, the company plays a ‘key role in encrypting confidential government documents’. That is why he wants the House to interfere.
According to the FD, there are rumors of a conflict between Fox-IT and the British parent company NCC Group, which the company took over from the Dutch owner in 2015.
The Dutch government would have trouble with that foreign interference, because of the services that are purchased from Fox-IT.
Security is already sensitive
The government’s information security is already sensitive. The Court of Audit today concluded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does too little to secure information systems used, for example, in communications with NATO.
Sabotage, theft and leakage of state secrets are lurking, according to the Court of Auditors.