On June 14, the U.S. Department of State posted a sources sought notice for Cyber Security Operations Support (CSOS) (Solicitation Number: SAQMMA17I0059). Responses are due no later than 2:00pm EST on June 26.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS), Office of Acquisition Management (AQM), is issuing this Sources Sought Notice, as a means of conducting market research to identify parties having an interest in, and the resources to support the requirements described herein for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Cyber and Technology Security Directorate (DS/CTS).
The results of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement and will assist AQM in developing and further defining the acquisition strategy to include identifying potential small business sources including 8(a) business development participants, service disabled veteranowned small businesses (SDVOSB), HUB Zone small business concerns, womenowned small business concerns and economically disadvantaged womenowned small business concerns.
DS has a broad range of responsibilities that include providing for a secure cyber environment, in which to carry out Department business and activities. AQM is currently conducting market research to determine the existence of viable small businesses capable of providing the necessary services in support of its cyber security operations under the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), General Services Administration (GSA) Alliant SB Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC), or other government-wide procurement vehicles, as well as on the open market.
The Department’s IT infrastructures encompass about 400 domestic and overseas facilities, classified and SBU (Sensitive But Unclassified) IT assets operating on enterprise, mobile, and cloud platforms. The cyber security infrastructure for which operations support is sought includes technologies for intrusion detection, anomaly detection, data analytics, incident management software, and others. It ingests 3.1 TB of data daily average over the last 30 days (4.8 TB at the peak) and reports 7,285,663,657 events daily from all feeds.
Full information is available here.