Home Office

Cyber Security - Red on Blue Strategy

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
6 SME, 6 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
8 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published Thursday 16 February 2017
Deadline for asking questions Monday 20 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 23 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Cyber security consultant
Summary of the work The requirement is to develop a red on blue capability strategy for the Home Office We are looking for an individual who can work with the new Cyber Programme and develop a strategy to bring this capability on-line. The Cyber programme will then execute this strategy.
Latest start date 31/03/2017
Expected contract length 6 weeks.
Location London
Organisation the work is for Home Office
Maximum day rate £800

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement None
Who the specialist will work with The candidate will be joining the Home Office Cyber Programme and will integrate into the existing strategy team already in place.
What the specialist will work on The strategy should support:
1. Vision - how will red teaming reduce risk?
2. Volumetrics - advice on frequency / volume of exercising required.
3. Exercising - describe exercises required, inputs / outputs , how does this link to related processes e.g. controls testing.
4. Staffing model to support the capability. Development of staffing options.
5. ROM costs and indicative suppliers.
6. Knowledge management and training - ensure the outcomes from red and blue are captured and inform the training.
1. Creating a delivery plan
2. Present the strategy to senior staff unfamiliar with the Red on Blue concept.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Home Office, 2 Marsham Street (2MS), London, SW1P 4DF. Desk space will also be available in Soap Works, Salfords and Apollo, Building Croydon
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.
Security clearance SC

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Standard DOS Ts&Cs

Skills and experience

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

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • A deep understanding of red on blue strategy development and execution.
  • Experience of strategy development and interacting with senior staff.
  • Experience of cyber security policy and process development
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written, and a good understanding of the use of different channels and formats for different audiences.
  • A deep understanding of cyber-security operations and risk-management in the delivery of IT services.
  • Very good spoken and written English.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Familiar with large central government departments and their security requirements.
  • Experience of working in a challenging and complex public sector environment with regularly changing priorities.
  • Certified Information Services Professional (CISSP) or similar accreditation.
  • A strong degree in a technical discipline, ideally in IT security, or equivalent industry training and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Committed to excellence
  • Open and collaborative team approach
  • Flexible working
  • Committed to team working
  • Willing to share skills and knowledge
  • 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

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Could the start date be earlier than 31st March for a Consultant with existing SC clearance? Yes. Early availability to start would be desirable.