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United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Cyber Incident Response Partner
DEFRA has a requirement for a Cyber Security Incident Response Partner, based on a retainer service model, to support and augment its existing Cyber Security capabilities. Please refer to the Bidder Pack (ITT) for further detailed information.
To protect Defra’s existing (and any new) complex IT systems and critical data from increasing cyber risks, an effective cyber security risk management strategy has been developed.
Part of the risk management strategy involves proactively monitoring for cyber risk by creating a Cyber Security Operations Centre and deploying appropriate technologies, processes and controls that are designed to protect systems, networks, programs, devices and data from cyber-attacks.
Defra requires a call-off mechanism (process and contract) of 20 days support, so that Defra can rapidly access specialist cyber incident response related expertise. This call-off mechanism will be used to support and augment Defra’s cyber security capabilities, where Defra does not have the appropriate competence or level of expertise.
2 x 12-month optional renewals at the discretion of the authority.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Please refer to the draft contract included in the bidder pack.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period following electronic notification (minimum of 15 calendar days for any other means of communication) to unsuccessful applicants of the award decision. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period.