CYBER SECURITY CONTRACTS
WHY IS THE UK GOVERNMENT INVESTING IN CYBER SECURITY?
CYBER SECURITY TENDERS
Cyber security covers a variety of areas and public sector organisations rely on the support of suppliers to protect their internet-connected systems, hardware, software and data from cyber-attacks. If public sector organisations fail to have a security plan in place, they leave their organisation at risk of being hacked. This is extremely dangerous as hackers can access computer systems and misuse personal information and intelligence.
Cyber security tenders are released by public sector organisations to stop this from happening. They may seek tenders in areas including:
- Cloud security
- Network security
- Critical infrastructure
- Application security
- Internet of things (IoT) security
RISE OF CYBER THREATS
The UK government revealed in its latest budget that it has plans to increase defence spending to enable the UK Armed Forces to face ever-changing threats, including “the rise in cyber-attacks.”
The WannaCry ransomware attack that occurred in 2018 cost the NHS £92 million and caused the cancellation of 19,000 appointment – a major blow to the UK public sector.
Since then the public and private sector have both faced similar cyber challenges. The Cyber Breaches Survey 2019 reports that 32% of UK businesses have identified cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.
NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY STRATEGY
In 2019, the Cabinet Office released the “National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 Progress Report.” This document states that, since the strategy launched three years ago “it has transformed the UK’s fight against cyber threats.”
Although significant improvements have been made since 2016, the Cabinet Office has stated that it still has a “huge task ahead” with regards to cyber security.
The report has revealed that the main focuses for the Cabinet Office moving forward are replacing “legacy IT systems, building and maintaining a sufficient skills base and truly embedding consistent standards and practices across government.”
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It has been established from a recent survey that cyber-attacks are one of the “biggest risks” to UK businesses in 2019. Allianz Risk Barometer 2019 reported that 37% of UK risk experts state that cyber incidents are top business risks.
Suppliers working with the public sector must take action to protect themselves against cyber-attacks, especially if they are working within the cyber security and IT sectors.
Cyber Essentials is the minimum certification a bidding organisation needs to bid for new MOD contracts that include the transfer of ‘MOD identifiable information.’
Our partner, Cyber Essentials Online, offers a “fast track” option which gives businesses the chance to get certified within 2 business days.
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