Victoria’s Premier and Cabinet Department is looking for two cyber incident response partners to bolster the state’s cyber security.
According to a invitation to tenderthe services Digital Victoria wants include manned on-site and remote incident response services, threat intelligence, “deep and dark web analysis, analysis and reporting,” training and “the facilitation and participation in cyber incident response exercises”.
The contract is expected to start in March 2023.
Given that the contract negotiation covers Victoria’s state elections, scheduled for November, the tender indicates that the new government may decide not to proceed.
Cyber incident management, the RFP says, will be required from initial incident response through recovery, along with comprehensive forensic capabilities (including ensuring that forensic activities are conducted “in accordance with best law enforcement evidence handling practices”.
As befits a cybersecurity operation, the government says it expects “immediate support” on a 24x7x365 basis.
The tender is a new step in a cybersecurity strategy announced last year.
The five-year strategy has three main missions: the safe and reliable delivery of government services; a cyber-safe place to work, live and learn; and a vibrant e-economy.
The strategy was supported by $50.8 million announced in the government’s 2021 budget.