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Scotland to create DPS for digital resources and cyber security services

David Bicknell Published 18 September 2017

Tender with contract value from £10m-£20m follows desire by organisations to have access to a wider range of digital and cyber security specialists


The Scottish Government wants to set up a Dynamic Purchasing System for digital services, digital resources and cyber security services. (Ref: SP-17-026)

It has issued a tender worth £10m-£20m, following on from what the Scottish Government says is a significant growth in the demand for digital services identified in its digital strategy.

It says there is a desire by organisations to have access to a wider range of digital technology suppliers to, support agile working, mitigate the skills gap and further develop their cyber security processes.

The digital resources lot is expected to provide resource skills and expertise in support of digital technology services.

The resources required are “diverse”, the tender says, but typical examples would be roles such as  digital specialists, project & programme managers, agile coaches, user researchers, digital service designers, business analysts, system designers, solutions architects, data architects, data modellers, product managers, systems developers, quality assurance analysts, web operations engineers, senior software engineers, infrastructure engineers, test engineers data and analytics specialists and data scientists.

Participants must have at least 12 months experience delivering the types of services within the lot and provide at least two relevant case study examples from the last three years.

The cyber security services lot is intended to provide cyber security services and resources that will aim to support cyber resilience for organisations. The services and resources required includes  cyber security specialists and services such as penetration testing, cyber security training and assessment, security architecture services, risk assessment and management services, audit review and compliance, incident management and response, security testing and digital forensics. Again participants must have at least 12 months experience and provide at least two relevant case studies from the last three years

This digital projects lot will provide 3rd party supplier delivery and support for digital technology services for organisations. Typically these digital projects will have known outcomes, objectives; deliverables; milestones and identified methodologies.

The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is October 16, with an estimated dispatch date of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates of October 23.

The tender notice points out that this is the first collaborative DPS for Digital Services, with a goal of offering a “straightforward, flexible and suitable route to market for all Scottish public sector organisations with a requirement for digital services across the three lots: digital projects, digital resources, and  cyber security services.”



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