Q: Does this competitors give attention to Menace detection & Response/Cyber Defence techniques?
A: The Cyber Resilience Programme just isn’t answerable for Menace detection and Response facet of Cyber so it isn’t our major curiosity.
Q: Are you in search of options that may enhance OT safety, or is that this section restricted to the instruments to quantify the danger first?
A: The precedence for problem 3 of this competitors is to know and quantify the danger current in OT techniques. Nonetheless, in case you suppose your innovation may assist us on the subsequent stage, to enhance OT safety, it could be thought of.
Q: Does OT belongings additionally embrace Cyber bodily techniques?
Q: Does Problem 1: Digital Resilience cowl synthetic intelligence (AI) resilience?
A: Sure, AI resilience is a subset of digital resilience. It’s not the highest of our precedence so far as digital resilience is anxious however it’s of curiosity.
Q: Are there any necessary applied sciences that have to be thought of when it comes to integration with particular SIEM tooling or purposes?
A: No, we’re in search of applied sciences that may ship outputs as much as Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. We’re not anticipating submitters to immediately be capable of combine with MoD’s present instruments. MoD at present have plenty of instruments on this house, however no prior data of those instruments is required to submit a proposal.
Q: Are you able to develop on the requirement “should present consciousness of the modern navy working atmosphere”?
A: Work accomplished by means of this competitors might be for the Ministry of Defence, subsequently we want proposals to think about the forms of environments that we function in, the operations we run and the enterprise that the Ministry of Defence conducts.
Q: Can MOD share work that’s already being finished on this discipline to allow us to know if an thought is progressive?
A: We suggest studying the technique that the Cyber Resilience Programme was outlined beneath, obtainable on the web site. The Safe by Design portal can be because of change into obtainable, which can include additional data. We suggest contacting your regional Innovation Partner for additional recommendation and steering.
Q: The place can we discover extra data / examples of “the modern navy working atmosphere” in order that we might be positive we align our proposal appropriately?
A: The Defence Command Paper and Digital Technique for Defence are helpful publications that present some orientation on Defence-wide actions and targets.
Q: If we intend to conduct main analysis, would you present entry to members from the defence sector?
A: Contributors from the Defence sector could also be offered the place potential, nevertheless it isn’t assured. Suppliers request entry to members from Defence ought to define how they may ship the mission if such entry had been to not be forthcoming.
Q: What stage of GFX is perhaps obtainable?
A: The extent of GFX obtainable is particular to every proposal. Discussions round GFX can be held at a later stage on receipt of a ‘Fund’ resolution. Suppliers requesting GFX ought to define how they may ship the mission if GFX had been to not be forthcoming.
Q: Are you solely searching for software program options to those issues, or are you in search of studying based mostly options with workshops, prepare the trainers, and many others.?
A: The answer doesn’t have to be software program. We might be curious about options equivalent to an progressive method for managing danger, rolling out resilience or safe by default.
Q: The temporary mentioned proposals ought to be progressive. Are you able to develop on what progressive means on this context?
A: The Ministry of Defence is already endeavor comparable work with plenty of trade companions, so the essential approaches to the matters outlined inside the competitors are understood. Due to this fact, we’re curious about proposals that current new options, or enhance present concepts.
Q: You state you aren’t curious about proposals that present options which are already commercialised merchandise, are you able to clarify?
A: If the answer is already regular enterprise inside trade, it isn’t progressive. If business merchandise are used, there must be a facet of innovation. This might embrace adapting an present answer to be used inside a Defence-specific context.
Q: Can we use business product and construct a plug in as progressive answer and apply as a proposal?
A: It might rely upon the extent of the modification being proposed. Pay attention to the IP situations of this competitors: ensure the proposal matches with the Defcon 705 requirement.
Q: What if we have already got an relevant product at present in the marketplace?
A: We might suggest you register to attend the CRP briefing through TechUK. The subsequent such briefing is scheduled for Friday 6 October. Please seek advice from the TechUK occasions web page here.
Q: Does the instrument or expertise prototype have to be prepared on the proposal stage?
A: No, nevertheless it have to be prepared by the demonstration stage.
Q: What you expect in prototype demonstration?
A: We expect a sign of an answer that may assist support us within the challenges inside the competitors doc. We shouldn’t have a strict view of the prototype and the way it ought to work, nevertheless it should give us confidence your method will work.
Q: If our thought is tangential to this competitors however extra related to a future competitors, ought to we watch for the later competitors earlier than submitting?
A: When you’re uncertain whether or not your thought is the appropriate match for this competitors, do contact your regional Innovation Partner to debate the alternatives obtainable.
Q; Are the any necessities to work at classification ranges higher than OFFICIAL?
A: There isn’t any requirement to work at a classification stage greater than OFFICIAL. DASA’s default method is for all contracts to be issued at OFFICIAL in an effort to allow a large pool of suppliers to take part. If there’s a requirement to extend the classification stage of the mission, and offered that you’ve appropriately cleared, then this may be thought of throughout the course of the mission. The DASA Submission Service is restricted to OFFICIAL data solely.
Q: Is the goal of TRL 6 for this preliminary Section of the competitors? The competitors doc states that additional phases may happen to boost TRL.
A: This competitors is curious about innovation initiatives that may ship outputs at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 – expertise mannequin or prototype demonstration in a related atmosphere.
We’re within the early phases for the three challenges inside this competitors and there are associated initiatives and programmes being arrange. As these initiatives and programmes develop, there could also be additional phases, the place greater TRL work could also be sought and contracted.
Q: Can proposals goal a number of challenges?
A: Sure, one proposal can cowl a number of problem areas and Salesforce will will let you choose a number of problem areas in your submission kind. Nonetheless, protecting a number of problem areas might lead to a weaker proposal if they aren’t absolutely lined.
Q: What sort of organisations are you trying to associate with?
A: DASA submissions are welcome from the non-public sector, academia, people (i.e. sole merchants) and Public Sector Analysis Institutions (PSREs). DASA will study the authorized standing of organisations previous to placement of any contract. Generally there are not any nationality restrictions, nevertheless DASA particular person competitors paperwork will element any needed restrictions.
Q: Can a college apply to this competitors?
A: Sure, universities can apply (independently) to DASA competitions.
Q: Are you open to joint purposes from companies that may collectively meet a broader set of elements of the challenges offered?
A: Sure, we welcome collaborative proposals. Nonetheless, protecting a number of problem areas might lead to a weaker proposal if they aren’t absolutely lined. A proposal would require a lead applicant, with associate organisations listed as subcontractors. We might additionally suggest clearly stating inside the proposal the tasks of every organisation concerned.
Q: Can the identical analysis staff or establishment submit a couple of proposal?
A: Sure, a couple of proposal might be submitted offering they’re totally different proposals, tackling doubtlessly totally different challenges. Proposals ought to be stand-alone and never have dependencies on DASA funding a number of initiatives from the identical provider.
Q: Is the funding £880k per proposal? Or £176k per proposal?
A: £880k in whole is out there for the general competitors. The funding won’t be restricted to £176k per proposal. This competitors is trying to fund as much as 5 proposals. We anticipate that there might be variation in whole mission prices.
Q: Can expressions of curiosity be submitted earlier than writing a proposal to see if the concept is in scope?
A: We suggest contacting your regional Innovation Partner for additional recommendation and steering.
Q: What accreditations (e.g. Cyber Necessities, and many others.) are required on the time of utility?
A: We don’t require any particular accreditations. Nonetheless as a result of subject of the competitors, we anticipate proposals to point out issues for accreditations.
We suggest studying Part 12.1 of the competitors doc which provides particulars of the Provider Assurance Questionnaire (SAQ) which have to be accomplished.
Q: Do we’d like nationwide safety clearance for our researchers and employees who will work on this mission?
A: Safety clearance just isn’t required previous to making use of to DASA. DASA’s competitions are open to UK nationals and nationals from pleasant international locations.
Q: Are there restrictions on working with overseas suppliers?
A: There should not any restrictions on working with overseas suppliers from pleasant international locations. Nonetheless we’d not look favourably on proposals that contain work with unfriendly international locations.
Q: Is there a listing of evaluation standards?
A: The evaluation standards is on the DASA GOV.UK web page, and inside the competitors doc beneath Part 14 ‘How your proposal might be assessed’. When you want assist accessing the data, please contact the DASA Assist Centre at email@example.com.
Q: Is it necessary for an finish consumer to be recognized?
A: Defence Digital are funding this competitors and are the tip consumer. Finish customers don’t have to be recognized when making use of to DASA’s Themed competitions.
Q: What’s the most period of the mission?
A: Awarded contracts might be a most of 9 months.
Q: Who owns the mental property?
A: The mental property stays with the innovator. We suggest studying the DASA Commonplace Phrases and Circumstances on the web site. There’s a clause inside DEFCON 705 that states that if you want to not commercialise an answer after funding, we reserve the appropriate to licence the mental property from you.
Q: Who has precedence on export management?
A: You might be required to abide by the native legislation of the nation you might be exporting from. We suggest talking to native authorities in your nation. We might not anticipate any points if exporting from a pleasant nation.
Q: Can we submit a proposal if we’re or have submitted the identical or comparable proposal to a different competitors?
A: If the proposal was of advantage however not in a position to be funded because of funds restrictions e.g. ‘fundable not funded’, you might be welcome to resubmit into this competitors, nevertheless we’d anticipate the proposal to be modified to satisfy the necessities of this competitors. We advise that suppliers on this state of affairs interact with their regional Innovation Partner to acquire additional steering.