The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the ministerial department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues, supported by 35 agencies and public bodies. DEFRA and its agencies use numerous IT applications and systems with a wide range of levels of dependency and criticality. Whilst it has in place IT business continuity, it does not have formal contractual Disaster Recovery provisions for its key managed applications provided by its outsourced IT partner.

The Requirement

DEFRA sought a supplier via G-Cloud that could review and validate the existing business continuity and disaster recovery provisions and recommend cost-effective mitigating measures using Cloud based disaster recovery solutions.

The Approach

Marathon used a standards based approach, which means taking reference from ISO, ITIL and industry best practise standards. Client assignments of this nature are approached by assigning a team of technical and business information technology experts, who together will provide expert input and internal quality control to assure the service. For this assignment Marathon designated a senior business IT consultant to lead the project, who consigned internal Marathon resource as required to provide expert input and analysis.


Bramble and its partner Marathon IT Services have successfully delivered a comprehensive report highlighting the department's current BC and DR posture and providing an independent expert view of any residual risk with recommendations for mitigation and continued alignment with ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System standard.

Partner insight

Marathon IT Services provide IT business strategy and consultancy services for organisations across the UK and within public sector, health, utilities and the corporate marketplace. Their expertise is to design, review, implement, deliver, manage and support technologies that encompass the systems IT environment including: Information security, business resilience, recovery, improvement, data integrity, protection, management and support.

Bramble insight

Bramble Hub are specialists in helping ICT companies secure public sector contracts through UK Government frameworks. We have a large network of SMEs and niche specialists to meet all ICT requirements.

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