Marine Corps wants vendor to help guard its networks against Insider Threats

Marine Corps Intelligence ActivityThe Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA), which has been designated as the executive agent by the Marine Corps’ director of intelligence, wants to identify a contractor that can help it support the Marine Corps’ “Insider Threat Program,” as well as the chief information office and the command security office.

“The core objectives to be accomplished include IT management, network operations, network defense, information assurance, and asset management for all networks in order to protect the integrity of classified systems and data in compliance with Marine Corps, DOD, and IC standards,” explains a Request for Information (RFI) issued on Feb. 12 by the Marine Corps contracting office in Quantico, VA.

The Marine Corps is acting in response to Executive Order 13587, Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information, which was signed by President Obama in October 2011, which directs U.S. Government departments to “report on the threat that an insider will use his/her authorized access, wittingly or unwittingly, to do harm to the security of the United States.”

The selected vendor will help the Marine Corps audit the activities of four separate networks: the Joint World Wide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS); the National Security Agency Network (NSAnet); the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet); and the Open Source Information System (OSIS).

The Marines Corp has requested that interested vendors respond to its RFI by providing their capabilities statement (a maximum of 10 pages) by February 26.

Further information is available from Carol Neely at 703-432-8049 or