PDS issues cyber security notice


The Police Digital Service (PDS) has alerted the market ahead of the planned creation of a “new cyber security penetration testing services framework,” intended to protect emergency services' IT systems.

Discussing the move, a spokesperson for the organisation said: “Working on behalf of UK Policing, the PDS is seeking to procure a multi-supplier framework agreement, with scope for the procured services to be rolled out to other emergency services in the future.

“This will be for a period of four years, with an initial term of two years and the option to extend for two further periods of one year each.”

Police Digital Service head of commercial, Dave Edwards, said: “This framework is an important enabler for the continued delivery of the National Policing Digital, Data and Technology Strategy. It will help us to enhance the security of our systems and data.

“We are looking for between four and ten suppliers on the framework. We hope to see some robust and innovative approaches from the supplier community.”

The contract is planned to commence towards the end of October this year. The closing date for the receipt of tenders is September 1.

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