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The deadline was Thursday 20 October 2016
Home Office

Cyber Operations Centre Policy Specialist

0 Incomplete applications

20 Completed applications

14 SME, 6 large

Important dates

Thursday 13 October 2016
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 17 October 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 20 October 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Cyber security consultant
Summary of the work
The Home Office are setting up a Cyber Security Operating Centre (CSOC) in Manchester. This will provide Security monitoring and security response across the Home Office Estate. As part of this build the CSOC will need a policy specialist to provide and adapt a policy document set.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
3 months
North West England
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The supplier will be working with the CSOC delivery team in London as well as the CSOC team in Manchester. The work will be carried out in London initially and then Manchester.
What the specialist will work on
The Home Office are setting up a Cyber Security Operating Centre (CSOC) in Manchester. This will provide security monitoring and security response across the Home Office Estate. As part of this build the CSOC will need a policy and process document set. The aim is to develop an existing document set from a functioning CSOC implementation and tailor this to HO needs.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Home Office, Colgate Ln, Salford M5 3EB and 2 Marsham Street (2MS), London, SW1P 4DF
Working arrangements
Full-time, 5 days a week, co-located with the delivery team initially to gain an understanding of the work in 2 Marsham Street. The candidate can then work under secure arrangements offsite to update processes. Initially in London to model the processes and then in Manchester to launch them and train analysts.
Security clearance
The specialist must hold or be prepared to undergo SC Security Clearance to operate on this project.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Experience of working in a CSOC.
  • Be able to provide a proven template and live examples of a CSOC policy set.
  • Cyber security policy and process development experience including the following:
  • • Business analysis and stakeholder management.
  • • Business process modelling using BPMN.
  • • Business process verification and validation, and business process simulation.
  • • Ability to derive process, policies and manuals from business process models.
  • • Strong background in cyber defence and Security Operations Centres (SOCs).
  • • Training and launching of business processes.
  • • Business process improvement.
  • • Strong background in legal, ethical, and security policies, and the use of appropriate process flow tools.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working in a challenging and complex public sector environment with regularly changing priorities.
  • Familiarity with Sparx Enterprise Architect
  • Familiarity with Home Office systems and organization.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Committed to excellence
  • Open and collaborative team approach
  • Flexible working
  • Willing to share skills and knowledge
  • Committed to team working
  • Ability to operate in an agile environment and to provide reasoned arguments in support of shifting requirements.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. The information provided states initial work in London, and later work in Manchester – it also mentions working “under secure arrangements offsite” – does this mean remote/home working? Can you please clarify what this means?
We expect that the successful candidate will be able to remote work from home once they have embedded with the CSOC Build team in London.
2. How long will the specialist be working in London before the work starts in Manchester
We expect the person to be working from Soap Works Manchester from approximately the 12th December. This will be dependent on the start date of other members of the CSOC team.

Any work before that will take place in 2 Marsham Street, London.

There will be the opportunity of home working, approximately 1 day a week once the intial work packages have been agreed and time lines confirmed.
3. Is the Home Office willing to pay travel and expenses for this assignment Thanks?
The role is based on site in Manchester and work there will be covered by the day rate. Where work is required in other locations, expenses will be payable in accordance with the Home Office expenses policy where they are necessarily incurred and authorised in advance by the responsible Home Office manager.