ICO to spend £3m on IT services

The Information Commissioner's Office is to spend around £3m on upcoming IT services and security procurement, or around 20 percent of its data protection budget, according to information commissioner Christopher Graham.The procurement would be announced in the Official Journal of the European Union in late May, the data protection regulator told the Infosec Conference on Wednesday.

The Information Commissioner's Office is to spend around £3m on upcoming IT services and security procurement, or around 20 percent of its data protection budget, according to information commissioner Christopher Graham.

The procurement would be announced in the Official Journal of the European Union in late May, the data protection regulator told the Infosec Conference on Wednesday. The ICO will hold procurement meetings in June at its offices in Wilmslow in Cheshire.

"The Information Commissioner's Office is a big consumer of IT services — we have to be," Graham. "We don't have to be top of the pile, but we have to be in the top half when it comes to the service of information security.

"We're coming up to that time when we need to re-procure our IT services. We spend 20 percent of our data protection [budget] on IT services. It's not the biggest contract you'll see, but it's quite big."

In 2011-12, the ICO spent £15.5m on data protection (PDF download).