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G-Cloud introduces more stringent cybersecurity requirements for suppliers

Want to pitch to the UK government for Cloud services? This doesn’t sound particularly onerous to me…:

[…] The updated terms state: “[The supplier must have] has used and will continue to use all reasonable endeavours, software and the most up to date antivirus definitions available from an industry accepted antivirus software seller to minimise the impact of malicious software.”

Elsewhere, the updated terms require that suppliers permit access to relevant “records, documents, and account information” to a wider range of entities. In addition to the Crown Commercial Service, the National Audit Office, and buyers of G-Cloud services, on the new contract, firms will, if required, be compelled, to share information with the Auditor General, the Cabinet Office, and the Treasury.

G-Cloud 11 will also introduce additional requirements regarding suppliers’ commitments to corporate social responsibility. This will include a guarantee to “advance equality of opportunity and good relations between those with a protected characteristic”.

All firms to win a spot on the framework will also be required to submit to CCS an annual report outlining actions taken to ensure their supply chains are free of slavery and human trafficking.

G-Cloud 11 opened for bidding a week ago. Suppliers have until 5pm on 15 May to apply for a spot on the framework.

Original article here

Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.
https://brownglock.com

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