Six of the government's biggest agencies are on track to vastly improve their cybersecurity postures with the award of the second set of task orders for Group B of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program.

The $39 million contract was awarded to Booz Allen Hamilton, one of 17 prime blanket purchase agreement (BPA) holders on the government's massive cybersecurity effort, led by the Department of Homeland Security.

Booz Allen Hamilton and its partners will be providing monitoring services for the six agencies under Group B, giving them a real-time view of their networks, vulnerabilities and breaches, as well as the tools to mitigate the effects of the latter.

Group B includes the Department of Energy, Interior, Transportation, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs and the Office of Personnel Management.

Task Order 2A — covering Homeland Security and its component agencies — was awarded in February. Knowledge Consulting Group won that award for $29 million.

Groups C through E are expected to see awards before the end of fiscal 2015, with Group F — a collection of smaller agencies with less existing security infrastructure — expected to be competed before the end of the calendar year.