Cyber Security Month: Is your business Cyber Essentials certified?

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Did you know that October is Cyber Security month?

This makes now the perfect time for your business to become cyber security compliant.

If you are a supplier to the defence sector, it is vital to have a cyber security solution in place as it is now a standard part of the procurement process and central to MOD supplier selection.


Cyber Security Model

The MOD and DCPP mandated that all MOD suppliers need to comply with the new Cyber Security Model in October 2017. This requires all bidding suppliers to hold a version of Cyber Essentials certification.


What level of certification is required?

It is important that you select the correct Cyber Essentials solution for your business. Every supplier is different and that is why there is a range of certification options to choose from. One of the available Cyber Essentials suppliers, DCI, offers the following options:


Cyber Essentials

  • Suitable for suppliers handling MOD contracts where the risk is “Very Low”
  • Support and advice offered throughout the application process
  • Includes Cyber Essentials branding which your business can use to promote its certification
  • 12 months’ certification upon successful application
  • No additional costs for retests or Gap Analysis


Cyber Essentials Fast Track

  • Get certified within 24 hours
  • Gain access to the online self-assessment questionnaire
  • Suitable for suppliers handling MOD contracts where the risk is “Very Low”
  • Support and advice offered throughout the application process
  • Includes Cyber Essentials branding which your business can use to promote its certification
  • 12 months’ certification upon successful application
  • No additional costs for retests or Gap Analysis


Cyber Essentials Plus

  • Required for MOD contracts where the risk is “Low”, “Moderate” or “High”
  • Includes advanced assessments
  • On-site assessment and vulnerability test
  • Gain access to the online self-assessment questionnaire
  • Support and advice offered throughout the application process
  • Includes Cyber Essentials branding which your business can use to promote its certification
  • 12 months’ certification upon successful application


Keep in mind that for all MOD contracts where the risk is classified as “Very Low”, “Low”, “Moderate” or “High” suppliers should either already have Cyber Essentials certification in place or be able to show they are working towards Cyber Essentials certification.

More information

For more information on Cyber Essentials, access the Procurement Policy Note 09/14: Cyber Essentials scheme certification or download the DCI Cyber Essentials Scheme Summary.







Supplier engagement event hopes to encourage Welsh suppliers to work with the MOD

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The ‘BOXER – Supplier Engagement Event’ to be held in South Wales this September aims to connect companies and organisations across the nation that are involved in the UK’s lucrative defence supply chain.

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, said:

“The Artec industry day provides a significant opportunity for Welsh businesses to capitalise on the supply chain opportunities presented by the Boxer programme and the wider defence sector.”

Find out more about the latest MOD procurement opportunity below.

Wales and UK defence

Wales benefits from Ministry of Defence expenditure to the tune of £300 per person, per year.

In a government statement promoting the Boxer event, Minister for Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew noted the key role Wales plays in the UK’s defence strategy:

“We spent £945m with Welsh businesses last year, supporting over 6000 jobs, as the industry continues to thrive.”


Artec industry day

Mr Cairns is leading the clarion call for Welsh businesses and organisations to register for the Artec industry event at the University of Wales’ Treforest Campus on 10 September. He believes that suppliers will gain additional credentials that will help their business break into the defence market.

Supplier engagement events are an excellent opportunity for businesses to learn more about the defence sector. David Pile, Sales and Business Development Director at Rheinmetall Defence UK, plans to develop his supply network at the event.

Mr Pile has noted that Artec, Rheinmetall and KMW are all looking forward to meeting new contacts at the event:

“The organisations recognise the level and diversity of capability, skills and know-how within the UK supply chain, and look forward to meeting many more organisations that we can work with to deliver the best solutions to the British Armed Forces.”


Find out more about defence procurement

The MOD holds industry days across the UK. The purpose of these events is to allow suppliers to engage with buyers before the formal procurement process begins.

Suppliers can ask questions face to face at this type of event, helping them to understand buyer requirements in depth.


If you would like to find out more about MOD procurement or MOD industry days, follow the link; or to sign up to the BOXER – Supplier Engagement Event industry day, click here.


Promote your business as cyber safe with Cyber Essentials

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Backed by the UK Government and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Cyber Essentials certification is a key requirement for any defence supplier that wants to work with the Ministry of Defence.

Having this certification or not could potentially make or break your chance of winning defence and wider public sector contracts.

Find out more about Cyber Essentials and how your business can become certified below.


The MOD’s Cyber Security Model

If your business wants to work with the MOD it is vital that you understand the associated Cyber Risk profiles MOD contracts may contain.

The Cyber Security Model introduced by the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP) within the MOD recommends Cyber Essentials certification. In fact, under the Defcon 658 notice suppliers will need to know what level of Cyber Essentials certification their business must have to comply with MOD cyber requirements throughout their supply chain.


Promoting Cyber Essentials

When a business becomes Cyber Essentials certified it can then be promoted as cyber secure up to the Cyber Essentials standard level.

Businesses that receive the Cyber Essentials certificate also receive the relevant Cyber Essentials branding to use on collateral such as tender bids.


Secure your business

Protection is another benefit of Cyber Essentials.

This year, the Cyber Security Breaches Survey revealed that over four in ten businesses (43%) have experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.

If you want to protect your business from the ever-increasing cyber threat, the controls that need to be in place to achieve Cyber Essentials certification can help to protect your business from around 80% of common cyber attacks.


Find out more about Cyber Essentials

If you would like to learn more about cyber security, download a free Cyber Essentials Scheme Summary.

This will give your business a clearer picture of how cyber attacks can affect your business and what is involved in the certification process.


How to get started with MOD procurement

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Businesses across the UK want to work with the MOD because of the volume of procurement opportunities the Ministry has to offer.

As UK industry’s single largest customer, the MOD works with businesses of all sizes, purchasing everything from military fighting vehicles to facilities management services.

If your business wants to get involved with MOD procurement, find out more below.


Defence Contracts Online

Our portal should be the first point of call for all businesses looking for MOD procurement opportunities.

It is free to register for Defence Contracts Online. Users who register can opt in to receive daily MOD contract alerts. Businesses can tailor their profile so that they only receive MOD procurement alerts that are suited to their business area.

DCO Webinars

Take thirty minutes out of your day to learn how to “Create a Winning Alert Profile”. Whether you are already a DCO user or are just getting started with MOD procurement, this session will teach you how to use MOD DCO to its full advantage.

Our defence experts will help your business to select the right keywords and CPV codes, increasing your chances of winning MOD procurement opportunities.

The next event will take place on 7 August 2018 – register for free now.


MOD Guide to Defence and Security

This publication gives suppliers an insight into key trends within the defence market and updated contact details for MOD procurement decision makers.

It contains everything a defence supplier needs to get started, including guidance on how to engage in defence procurement and key contact details from across all the major defence bodies.

The 2018 edition can be purchased online now for £75.


Register for free to DCO

If you are not currently registered to DCO, then start accessing MOD published contracts for free today. The UK defence budget currently sits at 2% of GDP (£40 billion). As the official source of MOD contracts, we give our users access to MOD procurement opportunities valued at £10,000 and over.


Join Defence Contracts Online now and get started with MOD procurement.


North East receives £100m of defence investment

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This week, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visited engineering and design company Rubb in Gateshead, where he spoke about the benefits of defence to the economy and industry.


Gavin Williamson visits Rubb in Gateshead

During his visit on Monday, Mr Williamson was greeted by Rubb’s staff and was given a tour of the company’s Gateshead base.

Rubb is a global leader in innovative defence structures, having worked with the military sector for many years. The relationship between Rubb and the UK Armed Forces goes back to 1979 when the RAF tasked the company to supply military buildings for the Red Arrows aerobatics display team.

Ian Hindmoor, Managing Director at Rubb Buildings Ltd, said:

“Working with the MOD is a long-standing relationship that we have nurtured over the years. We are proud to be part of an industry that helps provide equipment which supports our troops at home and in the field.”


£100m of defence investment

Mr Williamson spoke of how Rubb is just one of many businesses that have benefited from working with the Ministry of Defence, and of how the defence industry impacts the UK economy. He said:

“With this region benefiting from £100m of defence investment and in line for more business, it is playing a key role in ensuring our Armed Forces have what they need to protect our country from intensifying threats.”

The North East of England is renowned for its defence manufacturing industry; however, the largest MOD industry group expenditure in the North East currently goes to computer services, totalling £63 million.


Work with the defence sector

Defence Contracts Online publishes defence contracts not just in the North East of England but from across the UK. As the single largest customer for UK industry, the Ministry of Defence works with a wide range of suppliers.

If you would like to receive defence contract alerts, register for free with the only official source of UK MOD contract opportunities.

£1 billion pumped into the defence supply chain

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It has been announced that a further £1 billion is being pumped into the UK defence supply chain. The Australian Government has chosen BAE Systems to build nine British-designed warships for the Royal Australian Navy, valued at £20 billion. The agreement has been hailed as the biggest naval ship deal for a decade.

According to the MOD, the agreement “has massive potential benefits across the entire existing Type 26 supply chain”. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also highlighted that this supply chain has now seen an investment of more than £1 billion across more than 80 companies.


Future projects with Australia

During her July visit to BAE’s Glasgow shipyard, Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne was extremely positive as she spoke about the country’s relationship with the UK defence sector.

Touring the shipyard with Mr Williamson, Ms Payne saw the location where the first of Britain’s new warship fleet is being constructed. Mr Williamson said:

“This renaissance in British shipbuilding is great news for our major yards, but also for the whole defence industry, with millions being injected into so many businesses, both big and small, supporting and supplying our world-class warships. The Type 26 supply chain has now seen investment worth over £1 billion, and many of the businesses involved are now perfectly placed to benefit from Australia’s £20 billion build.”


Supply chain opportunities

After the visit, BAE Systems Chief Executive Charles Woodburn announced that the company is open to working with suppliers from all backgrounds, commenting:

“In the 12 months since cutting steel on the first of the UK ships, we have committed more than £1 billion with supply chain companies, large and small – vital partners in delivering cutting-edge capability to the Royal Navy, supporting thousands of jobs and contributing to national prosperity.”


How to become an MOD supplier

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Cyber Reserves join the UK Armed Forces fight against cyber attacks

Reserves Day

An elite force of UK Armed Forces Cyber Reserves has joined the fight against cyber terrorism.

Due to the rise in cyber attacks, the Ministry of Defence has been hunting for gamers and amateur coders to become cyber Reserves.

The MOD has seen a huge increase in applications for these positions and has created an elite force of specialists that can help protect the UK with their specialist cyber skills.


Reserves Day

On 27 June Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson spoke at the Reserves Day reception in the House of Commons. He said that

“Reservists play a vital role in our Armed Forces, bringing a huge range of experiences and skills to the defence of our country.

“As the threats, we face intensify we need to attract the brightest and the best from all walks of life as part of a modern military.”

Mr Williamson has called for more specialists to join the Reserves. The MOD has requested that engineers, chefs, media operations and electricians sign up to join the UK Armed Forces as Reservists.


What are Cyber Reserves?

The Government has been investing in cyber security since 2013 when the Joint Forces Cyber Group was created. The Joint Cyber Reserve is a branch of the Reserve forces set up to help the UK protect its national security by defeating cyber attacks and other forms of online espionage. Candidates are chosen on the basis of  their technical knowledge, skills and experience.


Cyber security – protect your business

The UK Government is  investing heavily in cyber security and if you want to become a supplier to the MOD it is vital that you can promote your business as cyber secure.

DEFCON 658 is an official MOD policy, which states that all defence suppliers bidding for new MOD contracts (that include the transfer of ‘MOD identifiable information’) should possess Cyber Essentials certification before contract award or be able to show progress with cyber in time for the contract to begin.

This certification is government-backed and is supported by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).


Cyber Essentials

Having Cyber Essentials certification will allow your business to comply with government standards, protect your business against 80% of cyber attacks and promote your services as cyber safe – something that incredibly important to the MOD in the current climate.

Learn more about cyber security in the Cyber Essentials section of our website.


How could the latest Commons Defence Committee report affect the defence budget


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The latest Commons Defence Committee report, “Indispensable allies: US, NATO, and UK Defence relations” has recommended that the UK Government should increase its defence budget.

The British lawmakers have argued that if the UK sticks to NATO’s 2% of GDP defence spending recommendation and does not increase spending in the current political climate, it could lose influence with the US and other allies.

New investment could be spent on the preparation of resources for the Armed Forces and to bolster Britain’s anti-submarine warfare and cyber security against foreign threats like Russia.


What has been recommended?

The UK Government is currently meeting NATO’s 2% spending target; however, the Commons Defence Committee has suggested that the defence budget rises from 2% of GDP (£40bn) to 3% (£60bn).

The Commons Defence Committee has concluded that, without further investment, the UK could struggle to maintain its defence relationship with the US. The report states that:

“Diminished capacity reduces the UK’s usefulness to the US and our influence within NATO. The Government must not allow this to happen.”

This recommendation has come ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels next month, where the US is expected to make further demands of its European allies.


MOD Response

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence has responded to the reports, noting that:

“The UK maintains the biggest defence budget in Europe, we have been clear we will continue to exceed NATO’s 2% spending target.

“The Defence Secretary launched the Modernising Defence Programme to strengthen our Armed Forces in the face of intensifying threats.”


Would you like to access defence contracts?

As the MOD is currently exceeding NATO’s 2% spending recommendation, now is the perfect time for your business to look for defence contract opportunities.

By registering on Defence Contracts Online you can access the latest defence contracts (£10,000 and over) for free! Stay updated with MOD contract alerts and start finding contracts that are relevant to your business.

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How to Win Military Contracts with Defence Contracts Online

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Businesses across the UK are interested in working with the MOD but are unsure where to start when it comes to winning military contracts.

Improving your knowledge of defence procurement is the best place to start. On the DCO website you will find information and resources that will help you to do this.

Find out how to get started below.


MOD Webinars

Webinars are an excellent way improve your knowledge of the defence market. DCI’s “Learn how to win contracts in both the private and public sector” is free and will take place on 19 June 2018. This session will give attendees an overview of the wider defence and security marketplace and help businesses looking for military contracts to improve their approach when sourcing contract opportunities.

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MOD Outreach Events

A good first step to achieving success with military contracts is attending MOD outreach events.

“Meet the buyer” style events are an excellent way to meet connections from the Ministry of Defence and find out about up and coming military contracts.

The outreach events team can help you get started with defence procurement and show you how to access Ministry of Defence contracts free of charge with Defence Contracts Online.


Doing Business With Defence

If you would like to access information about defence procurement right now, download the Doing Business With Defence Handbook now. This free resource provides detailed information and contact details for different defence organisations and will help you on the right path to winning military contracts.


Free Military Contract Alerts

The UK military buys everything from fighting vehicles to education services, which is why the MOD need to work with a diverse supplier base.

Defence Contracts Online is the official source of military contracts, publishing MOD Contracts worth £10,000 and over.

Our subscribers get daily military contract alerts. Register for free online now.

Why is network security so important?

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The latest 2018 Thales Data Threat Report has revealed that the UK is the most breached country in Europe, with 37% of businesses across the UK being breached last year.

As UK businesses face a growing threat from cyber attacks, now is the time to invest in your business’s network security strategy.

Find out why network security is so important below.


What is network security?

Network security helps businesses to protect the usability and integrity of their network and data, as it covers both hardware and software technologies.

This type of security counters cyber threats like phishing scams and ransomware and can stop such threats from entering your business network.


Government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security

It is vital that you are taking all measures possible to enforce network security within your business.

Network security is mentioned in the Government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security, a guide which sets out a comprehensive risk management regime that organisations can follow to improve their cyber security.

The Government’s own Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 analysed the proportion of UK businesses undertaking action in each of the 10 Steps. The survey revealed that 89% have taken steps to introduce ‘network security – firewalls with appropriate configurations’.


Protect your business

Peter Galvin, Chief Strategy Officer at Thales eSecurity, has made several recommendations aimed at businesses that want to protect their data and improve their current cyber security strategy. He says:

“To stand the best chance of success against these advanced attacks, businesses need to dedicate the appropriate level of attention, budget and resource into safeguarding their sensitive data, wherever it happens to be created, shared or stored.”

There are many ways your business can do this, one of them being Cyber Essentials certification. Cyber Essentials certification will not only demonstrate that you have control of your company’s network security; it will help to protect your business from around 80% of common cyber attacks.


Cyber Essentials

Certification can be obtained from a range of Cyber Essentials providers; however, DCI offers three levels of certification:

If you would like to learn more, download a free Cyber Essentials Scheme Summary or visit DCI for full information on all of the packages mentioned above.