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DHS awards work under $6B cyber contract

Jan. 16, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded work to four companies under its $6 billion cybersecurity contract.

The combined $60 million task order will provide dozens of agencies with tools and commercially developed sensors designed to scan agency networks for vulnerabilities. The task order also covers automated tools for detecting what hardware is connected to those networks and whether software is properly configured to meet agency security standards.

Winning vendors and award amounts include:

HP, $32.4 million

Northrop Grumman, $15.8 million

Knowledge Consulting Group, $8.5 million

Technica, $3.8 million

All but one of the 17 prime contractors competed for work on this task order, according to a Jan. 15 award notice by the General Services Administration. GSA is managing the $6 billion continuous monitoring contract on behalf of DHS.

The task order will provide tools for about 33 departments and agencies, said James Yeager, director of federal civilian sales at McAfee. Knowledge Consulting Group will be providing a McAfee solution as part of its product offerings.

This first task order is for agencies to buy more quantities of technology or software licenses they already own, Yeager said. It also offers tools that donít require extensive configuration or design changes to meet agenciesí needs, but that will change under future task orders.

Four request for quotations are tentatively scheduled for release between April and June. These RFQs are intended to fill any gaps within agenciesí current information technology investments and will provide products and services needed to implement the tools and sensors.

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