The Ministry of Justice has entered into a radical new contract with BAE Systems Detica to provide security services through a managed service arrangement.
The contract will cover a full spectrum of information assurance and cyber security services. Detica will focus initially on support and advice around the Ministry’s IT architecture, its security policy, governance and risk management and compliance with regulatory requirements. It will also advise on cyber security and protective measures.
Optional components include security testing, protective monitoring of both internal and external activity, and forensics.
This announcement follows a hard fought competition using the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solution framework.
The engagement offers a significant benefit from traditional security engagements in that it provides a very efficient way for the MoJ to secure a wide range of information assurance and cyber security services through one supplier, thus enabling a substantial cost saving.
Traditionally departments have augmented their security teams through the use of contractors, often in response to temporary requirements. These arrangements have led to an ad hoc mix of suppliers and teams which doesn’t always deliver the desired result within budget.
Detica will provide an on-going service to the MoJ which should enable the MoJ to make substantial cost savings around its security requirements and transfers delivery risk from the MoJ to Detica by being outcome based. Performance metrics will be gathered to monitor efficiency and allow the service to improve over time.
Bob Nicholls, Head of Information Assurance (Information Communication Technology), Ministry of Justice comments: “This contract introduces a new way of working for my ICT IA team and we anticipate it will deliver real benefits to the Ministry of Justice, both in terms of security and cost efficiency. Protecting the Ministry's data and systems is vital to the smooth running of the Justice system and we look forward to working together closely with BAE Systems Detica to achieve this."
Vicki Saward, Head of Detica’s Government Practice said: "As security and cyber threats increase, we are delighted to be supporting the Ministry of Justice in this critical area. We believe this new approach to security provision will allow the MoJ to commission more security work at lower cost and could effectively save them as much as 30 percent in yearly IA costs.
“We hope that the benefits delivered to MoJ will show the rest of Government that a change to the traditional contractor or consulting approach to security can offer significant benefits.”