As covered on our sister site GovCon Wire, 17 government contractors recently won the ability to compete for orders for cybersecurity products and services with the Department of Homeland Security under contract potentially worth up to $6 billion.
The contract supports the department’s Continuous Monitoring and Diagnostics program and supports “continuous-monitoring-as-a-service,” a cloud computing-based method that is intended to distance DHS from legacy reporting systems.
GovCon Executive, another website in Executive Mosaic’s – this website’s publisher – digital media portfolio, has collected perspectives and information from five of the contractors awarded positions on the contract.
Matt Brown, Knowledge Consulting Group’s VP of homeland security and cyber solutions, said DHS intends for the program to help agencies reviewnetwork interactions and reduce risk.
Lockheed Martin noted tools purchased under the BPA scan the government’s IT infrastructure for threats, implement security measures and audit network performance under DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program.
“As threats to systems and data continue to evolve, it is important that government agencies have access to real-time situational awareness and decision criteria to ensure their continued ability to deliver citizen services and protect economic or national security,” added Betsy Hight, vice president of HP’s cybersecurity solutions group.
HP will compete to deliver sensors, mitigation and diagnostic tools to DHS as well as provide asset and configuration management services.
Vicki Schmanske, vice president of information technology and security solutions for Lockheed’s information systems and global
solutions business, said Lockheed aims to expand its cybersecurity services for the federal government under the BPA.
Julie Taylor, SAIC SVP and national security operations manager, said the company will work to help DHS use risk-based analytics to prioritize threats.
IBM with provide DHS with security analytics technology under the contract and has invested $4 billion into cybersecurity andsecurity analytics research as it aims to help government agencies meet evolving threats, according to Anne Altman, IBM’s U.S. federal general manager.