Crown Commercial Service’s new Cyber Security Services 2 framework is now live and available to help the public sector buy certified cyber security consultancy and services.
Cyber Security Services 2 is the second joint venture with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance.
The framework offers a single, central route to market, giving central government and wider public sector buyers access to cyber security services, with the technical and qualitative assurance of NCSC certification.
In total, 71% of the 121 suppliers signed up to provide services through the framework are SMEs.
The agreement runs for 12 months with the option to extend for a further 24 months.
Acting on feedback gained through comprehensive user research with buyers and suppliers, we have introduced a number of improvements for Cyber Security Services 2.
Simplifying the bidding process
Cyber Security Services 2 is the first framework for which a new simplified tender pack, designed to make it easier for SMEs to supply to government, was rolled out.
CCS is also introducing the new ‘once only’ process, known as SID4GOV, allowing suppliers to reuse selection questionnaire responses when bidding for other public sector procurements, including competitions following an OJEU notice and mini competition tenders.
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