The changes to Cyber Security Services 3
Interested in listing on the upcoming Cyber Security Services DPS? Check out the three most notable changes to the third iteration.
After the success of the current live Cyber Security Services framework (CSS), CCS are set to bring to market a new and improved 3rd iteration. After listening to Buyer and Supplier feedback CCS have made a few changes…
It is now a Dynamic Purchase Systems (DPS)
This is one of the main changes between the two iterations of Cyber Security Services. This is looking like a potential trend for CCS and future procurement routes, as a DPS provides more flexibility for both Buyers and Suppliers. Some of the benefits of CSS3 being a DPS are:
- Flexible – Suppliers can easily and quickly add themselves to the DPS over the lifetime of the agreement, once the DPS is open, suppliers can join at any time. Although this is a positive of a DPS, it is always recommended that you get onto the DPS as early as possible so that you don’t miss the post-live flurry of opportunities!
- Easier application – Applying to a DPS is a simpler and quicker process then deciphering the long ITT’s that come with most other frameworks. DPS’s is an automated and streamlined electronic process, this is great thing for any SME’s looking to get onto CSS3 as it will help save time and resources when applying.
- Dynamic – This is the very nature of a DPS. It is set up so Suppliers can keep their service offerings current and up to date and so that Government have the most innovative information and tech available to them. This is an incredibly important element to CSS3 being a DPS, as it allows suppliers to manage the ever-changing cyber landscape. It also allows for Buyers can create bespoke specifications, competitions and contracts.
It is not mandatory to be NCSC certificate accredited to be accepted onto Cyber Security Services 3*
This is a change from CSS2, where all suppliers service offerings needed to be certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The fact that this is now longer mandatory allows for a more diverse marketplace improving the Buyers access to a wider scope of services and allows the DPS to be more SME friendly as applying for NCSC can be costly. It is important to note, that although this certificate is no longer compulsory, it is still held as the main standard when Buyers filter through Suppliers on the DPS.
This move from CCS is reflected of the change made to G-Cloud 11 which states that NCSC certificated services are no longer accepted onto the framework, CCS have been working with NCSC on providing a route for assured cyber security services. Regardless to the change, CSS3 will still be the most efficient way to procure NCSC approved services.
*Whilst this is a positive move for SMEs looking to get onto the DPS, it is an interesting choice from CCS as there is now a slight overlap between G-Cloud and the CSS3.
CCS have opened the scope of the Cyber Security Services 3
The scope of CSS3 has been broadened to include ‘Data Destruction’ services which includes, data and IT sanitation services, this move has been welcomed by suppliers and buyers alike. By including this within the scope it is creating this DPS as a one-stop-shop for all Cyber Security needs! Buyers will be more likely to use this DPS for their requirements as there is wider scope, it also means that Suppliers are able to provide a more varied offering.
Of course, the trick is to ensure that you get listed onto the DPS to unlock this market. However, it is once you have been awarded when the hard work really kicks in. As CSS3 is a further competition DPS you will need to make sure that you have in-house capacity to respond to calls for competition. This is where we can help! Get in touch with us to find out how we can make sure you are compliantly listed onto the DPS and guide you through responding to opportunities.