A number of South-East based Police forces are searching for information assurance services in a contract worth up to £20m.
A tender was released last week on behalf of constabularies within the South East Regional Information Security Management Group.
This includes the British Transport Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Essex Police, Hampshire Police, Kent Police, Metropolitan Police Service, Surrey Police, Sussex Police and Thames Valley Police.
According to the notice, the framework contract will be divided into four lots, the first of which is for penetration testing, including an annual IT health check.
The tender notes that this lot will include ethical hackers testing key elements so assurances and advice can be provided about its security.
Lot two will cover advice on the government CESG Standard as part of the CESG Listed Advisors Scheme (CLAS), while the third lot is for Risk Management Accreditation Document Sets (RMADS), which are required for systems holding restricted or greater data for accreditation.
Prospective suppliers can bid on any number of the lots and the contract is an initial two-year term, with the option to extend for two further year-long terms.
Police forces across the country have recently come under fire after research revealed that they are largely unprepared for a large-scale cyber-attack.