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NHS Digital increases potential value of its Security Operations Centre contract

David Bicknell Published 20 February 2018

Value rises from £20m to £30m; NHS Digital says decision to increase value follows announcement of additional funding for NHS cyber security but adds new value does not represent increase in funding allocated to successful SOC suppliers at this stage


NHS Digital has changed the overall potential value of a proposed contract it will eventually award to an external security partner to support the development and delivery of a Security Operations Centre (SOC).

According to additional information for an OJEU procurement document, the estimated total value has been increased from £20m to £30m.

NHS Digital said the change represents an estimated value of the SOC contract over the term, which is an initial three period, with the option of up to two single-year extensions. NHS Digital said the increased value does not represent an increase in funding allocated to the successful SOC suppliers at this stage, adding that any additional funding provided via the increased value will require robust cost: risk: benefit analysis and demonstrate reduction in security risk. 

An NHS Digital spokesperson said, “NHS Digital has taken the decision to increase the overall potential value of the SOC contract following the recent announcement of additional funding for cyber security in the NHS.

“The change in value does not represent a change in the existing requirements for the SOC. The increased value ensures that NHS Digital can maximise its ability to monitor security threats and provide appropriate, proportionate and timely guidance, advice and expert response to health and care.”

The spokesperson added that, “The increased value will ensure that the SOC can innovate, adapt and improve over time to meet changing user needs, tackle emerging threats to security, and take advantage of innovative developments in security service provision and technology.

“Any funding allocated via the increase in value will be subject to pilots and proof of concepts with early adopter organisations to demonstrate value and shape future services.”

The closing date for receipt of tenders or requests to participate was December 20 2017, with an estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender of the middle of last month.

NHS Digital was expected to invite a maximum of six suppliers to tender, with the procurement being run as a ‘competitive procedure with negotiation’.

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