Booz Allen awarded $39M task order to improve cyber risk visibility

Booz Allen 112Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, VA announced May 1 that it has been selected to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, providing Federal agencies with tools and services to identify and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities more quickly.

“The award of this Task Order continues the multi-phase strategy of DHS to improve federal network resiliency and FISMA compliance across the Federal Government,” said Thad Allen, an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen. “In partnership with GSA FEDSIM, DHS will oversee the deployment of hardware and software to make networks less vulnerable.”

This $39M single-award Task Order – made under the $6B General Services Administration’s Continuous Monitoring as a Service (CMaaS) BPA – provides tools, sensors and CMaaS integration support services to 63 organizations within distinct Departments and Agencies, including: Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Personnel Management.

“DHS and these agencies have important missions that affect every U.S. citizen,” said Brad Medairy, Senior Vice President and Officer in Charge for the Task Order. “We are excited for the opportunity to help these agencies strengthen their defenses against emerging cybersecurity threats.”

Booz Allen’s technical solution includes products and tools from IBM, ForeScout, RES Software, Splunk, and McAfee, and services support from Business System Solutions, Copper River, Harmonia, R&K Solutions, CSC, and Verizon.

“We designed a flexible approach that could work across all of the departments and agencies,” said Rob Allegar, Principal at Booz Allen and Solutions Architect for the task order. “There is such a variety of infrastructure within this environment that one size doesn’t fit all.”

The Task Order award under Phase 1 of the CDM program provides support for four specific functional areas – Hardware Asset Management, Software Asset Management, Configuration Management, and Vulnerability Management. “It’s all about using data to make informed, risk-based decisions,” said Brad Medairy. “Organizations that adopt an active, anticipatory approach can better stay ahead of the threats they face.”

Source: Booz Allen