The Information Commissioner's Office is to spend around £3 million on upcoming IT services and security procurement, or around 20% 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 recent Infosec Conference. 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.