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MoD invites applications for the design phase of Cyber Risk Tooling

In its bid to fight cyber crime, Ministry of Defence (MoD) is inviting applications to understand cyber risk exposure using Cyber Risk Tooling

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to prioritise cyber security through Cyber Risk Tooling. MoD is inviting applications for “Designing of a tool base that ingests and Analyses all cyber risk data” as per the opportunity posted on Digital Marketplace website.

The announcement details out the FAQs like the deadline for asking questions, closing date for applications, summary of the work, latest start date, expected contract length, location and budget range. The work would be done against requirement of a set of tools that will allow for automation of the ingestion, storage, analysis and exploitation of Cyber risks, and informing data, to keep pace with the increasing level of cyber risks being discovered.

The cyber risk tooling capability system would support the risk management team within the Cyber Security Operations Capability (CSOC). The tool will allow the MOD to understand its cyber risk exposure and the prioritised risks that need treatment. The system is expected to ingest all data related to cyber risks along with analytics and data exploitation functions to help it understand its cyber risk exposure.

At least three alignment prerequisites are expected from the design – compatibility with Hortonworks Data Platform architecture, the Hadoop framework for data processing and RESTful APIs. All the written proposals would be evaluated on Technical competence (70%), Cultural fit (10%) and Price (20%).

Need to step up cyber security

The motive behind creating such platform is to insulate MoD from cyber threats. The Autumn Budget Statement published in September 2018 allocated an additional £200m during fiscal year 2018/19 and a further £800m for 2019/20 putting emphasis to the need for investments in cyber capabilities. £1bn out of this allocation is estimated to go towards capability improvement against cyber-crime.

40% of UK businesses have experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months. As the threats from cyber-crime evolves continuously, the UK government views emerging solutions as the best possible defense for the future. Security Predictions for 2019 includes the usage of AI to aid assaults and IoT-based dangerous form of attacks.

Though tools that can work independently and guard against threats even during attacks, the government aims at safeguarding every UK organisation and individuals by making them resilient.

With this, the government is on course on its plan for transforming the cyber security capabilities and turning UK into a world leader in cyber security. The government wants to get rid of some of the most damaging cyber security threats facing businesses and better protect consumers. There is also a consideration on UK’s cybersecurity skill shortage which could affect the public sector’s resilience against cyber threat.


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