Awarded to BNSCyber

Start date: Monday 30 November 2020
Value: £151,845
Company size: SME
Defence Digital

Security Assurance Coordinator (SAC) - Defence Digital - CDIS OS Project

8 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 1 large

12 Completed applications

11 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Thursday 24 September 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 1 October 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 8 October 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Cyber security consultant
Summary of the work
Includes: develop cross-domain security architecture (physical and virtual domains) and VMWare cloud. Develop specifications for Windows / Linux. Design audit solutions. Define Pen testing scope. Develop HLD / LLD. Security Testing. Maintain DART information. Define CTAS Scope. Security Requirements Statements. Produce Risk Register, Risk balance cases, RMADS. Operational Security Management
Latest start date
Monday 2 November 2020
Expected contract length
10 months with potential for a further 4 month extension
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Defence Digital
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The project team and wider Defence Digital assurance personnel
What the specialist will work on
A project to deliver gateway services at official sensitive

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Ministry of Defence, Westwells Road, Corsham, SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
Full time, Monday – Friday, 37 hours per week
Security clearance

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
  • CCP Senior SIRA status
  • Detailed knowledge of Government IA Policy, including JSP440, JSP604, IS1/2, DIANS and NCSC IA guidance
  • Detailed knowledge of gateway design and capability including NCSC Architectural Patterns and an in depth understanding of how NCSC work
  • Detailed knowledge of security requirements and related compliance/non-compliance within the designs
  • Detailed knowledge of OSMP documentation
  • Detailed knowledge of how the accreditation process works within the UK MOD
  • Detailed knowledge of cross-domain interoperability services/ gateways within Defence
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • CCP Senior IA Architect status
  • Detailed knowledge of associated risks and threats specific to gateways
  • Detailed experience of the Assurance Plan in respect of gateways

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Will you be able to sponsor SC for right candidate?
Unfortunately timescales dictate that we will not be able to sponsor SC for this assignment
2. What is the IR35 status?
It has been determined that 'Off payroll' working rules do not apply
3. Is there an incumbent?
There is no incumbent for this assignment
4. Is there a chance for some remote-working?
Due to the current Covid-19 guidelines remote working will be possible, however subject to change in the future.
5. In light of the recent government announcement, will the contract allow working from home?
Due to the current Covid-19 guidelines remote working will be possible, however subject to change in the future.
6. We would like to put forward a strong candidate with further support from another specialist. Would you consider this approach?