Digital procurement expanded to include cybersecurity

By February, 2017 Federal, ICT

 

The Digital Transformation Agency has expanded the services of sellers to include cybersecurity to allow new companies to supply to government.

Image: Digital Transformation Agency

The federal government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has expanded its Digital Marketplace platform, which will now allow new private sector suppliers to offer a wider range of digital services to government buyers.

The new areas of digital expertise that will be available to public sector procurement officers include cybersecurity, data science, content and publishing, marketing, communications and engagement, as well as support and operations.

This expansion is a significant upgrade to the Digital Marketplace, which was rolled out last year as the Turnbull government’s ambitious initiative to help smaller businesses gain access to the federal government’s $5 billion in annual spending on ICT products and services.

In this latest rollout, DTA interim chief executive officer Nerida O’Loughlin said it would make it simpler for government agencies to find digital services and easier for providers to work with government.

“For our local, state and federal government buyers this means a greater range of expertise is available from companies big and small to deliver a broad range of ICT and digital needs,” Ms O’Loughlin said.

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Alastair MacGibbon said the Digital Transformation Agency opens up the marketplace to cyber security experts.

“Governments need to have a strong focus on cyber security and sourcing expertise locally benefits both government and industry,” Mr MacGibbon said.

“I often hear that government procurement methods are a barrier for small cyber security businesses”

He said the Digital Marketplace removes some of the pain points, making it much easier for companies to connect with government.

“This is about creating opportunities for innovative local firms,” Mr MacGibbon said.

Ms O’Loughlin said an important feature of the marketplace was its ability to cater to small to medium enterprises.

“The marketplace levels the playing field for sellers who may not previously have worked with government, and, through increased competition, helps government buyers get greater value for money.”

Ms O’Loughlin said another new feature was an option for government buyers to search for services that supported their diversity procurement targets.

“Sellers can badge themselves as a business type including a startup, small-to-medium enterprise, and Indigenous-owned or disability enterprise, which helps government buyers support the growth of a range of different businesses,” Ms O’Loughlin said.

The DTA said that it is ‘expected’ that the expansion of the marketplace will lead to a doubling of the number of registered sellers in the coming weeks.

Filming begins on Godzilla vs Kong on the Gold Coast as Queensland government ramps up excitement for millions of dollars in tourism income.

Godzilla vs Kong rolls cameras in QLD

| Entertainment, State | No Comments
Sunshine State expecting roaring tourism returns.
Noushin Shabab and Negar Shabab, being some of the top cybersecurity gurus of their age, share their thoughts on fixing Australia's digital talent shortage.

5 Minutes With… Noushin Shabab and Negar Shabab, Cybersecurity Twins

| 5 Minutes With... | No Comments
How should Australia fix the cybersecurity talent shortage of the next generation? Find out here!
After Malcolm Turnbull's dramatic exit, now is Prime Minister Scott Morrison's opportunity to rewrite the rulebook for the election and unite the party.

PM ScoMo: same pitch, new salesman

| Analysis, Federal | No Comments
New leader’s great opportunity after Turnbull hits a dead end.
After, the duel-citizenship-induced bi-election of July 2018, the rules have changed for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

After by-election, leadership debate will roar again

| Analysis, Federal | No Comments
'Super Saturday' fallout to haunt PM until next federal election.
GovNews Newsletter

Stay informed with GovNews...

Gain valuable insights into the latest news, 5 Minutes With, up-coming events and government concepts and initiatives exclusive to eNews.

Only use your corporate email address to sign up. Personal emails (e.g. gmail, yahoo, hotmail, live etc…) will be removed.

You will need to confirm your subscription. Check your junk folder if you have not received a confirmation.