Framework Agreement Description

Cyber Security Services

Reference: SBS/19/CW/ZMD/9348

This Cyber Security Services Framework Agreement offers a complete range of external support services to help NHS and public sector organisations manage cyber risks and recover in the event of a cyber security incident. Through design, delivery, testing, governance and assurance, the framework agreement enables service continuity in-patient care. It does this by ensuring patient data is secured and critical services and systems remain available.

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Framework Agreement Information

What is the framework agreement duration?
12 May 2020 – 11 May 2024

Who can take advantage of the framework agreement?
NHS, Local Authorities, Emergency Services, Educational sector and all Public Sector Organisations located across the UK and its nations (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

What does this framework agreement cover?
This cyber security services framework agreement offers external support services to help NHS and wider public sector organisations manage cyber risks and recover in the event of a cyber security incident. Through design, delivery, testing, governance and assurance it enables service continuity in patient care by ensuring patient data is secured and critical services and systems remain available.

The framework agreement is structured into the following lots:

  • Lot 1: Emergency Cyber Incident Management
    Focuses on the provision of urgent incident response capability for large-scale or local incidents, including the ability to quickly draw down expert skills and resource 24/7/365. Particularly useful to support incident control, containment, resolution and remediation in the event of a Cyber Security Incident.
  • Lot 2: Cyber Security Consultancy Services
    Delivers specialist support needed to enhance an organisation’s cyber credentials, including Data Security On-Site Assessments, Security Testing, Technical Assurance, Forensics and Investigations, Policy Development, Awareness and Training. Particularly useful for any organisation that has a requirement to access ad-hoc or ongoing advisory support often strategic in nature with well defined outcomes.
  • Lot 3: Security Personnel
    Enables supply of specialist personnel to support and augment existing in-house capability. Requirements are anticipated to be wide ranging and of a more routine nature. This lot will ultimately support organisations to reduce their exposure to threats, improve security defences and provide resource support to respond to cyber incidents.

What are the benefits of using this framework agreement?
The framework agreement is supported and approved by NHS Digital with detailed input into specification and evaluation.

Lot 1 Emergency Cyber Incident Management provides highly specialised suppliers with ability to offer time-critical response 24/7/365 & enables customers to appoint providers on a regional basis as well as nationally.

The framework agreement is structured to guide customers through their cyber risk management capability development, from emergency incident response, advisory on cyber security compliance, to on-going support from specialist security personnel.

Twenty-five suppliers to suit all requirements: from SME specialists, to global multi-national providers in a highly specialised marketplace.

Ability to directly award a contract to approved suppliers on the framework agreement providing a timely and compliant route to market to meet your requirements.

Opportunity to run a further competition to meet the bespoke requirements of each organisation; as well as helping to drive further competitive pricing.

Fixed public sector framework pricing offering competitive rates for consultancy and assurance services.

A compliant procurement exercise has been already undertaken to offer a simplified procurement route in a highly specialised and complex market.

All appointed suppliers have demonstrated Cyber Essentials Plus or equivalent (e.g. ISO27001)

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