Telos wins DHS contract to provide support for Xacta applications

Telos Corporation, based in Ashburn, VA, announced on December 6 that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide support for its Xacta software applications, which DHS uses to enforce information security policies, track the effectiveness of security programs, and monitor compliance across its enterprise.

In 2012, DHS purchased and implemented Telos’ Xacta Assessment Engine and the continuous monitoring tool Xacta Continuum. Xacta is an enterprise risk management suite of applications that fully automates security authorizations and ensures compliance with rigorous security standards such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF). It also helps DHS to implement FedRAMP workflow and comply with federal cloud security requirements. Xacta has been deployed enterprise-wide systems throughout DHS.

Telos’ Xacta Assessment Engine contains a vast knowledge base of more than 5,000 individual security requirements and associated test procedures, organized and cross-referenced into more than 100 security policies, regulations, and standards. Xacta Continuum provides a holistic view of an organization’s asset compliance posture and actionable reporting metrics for prioritized decision making.

Under its new contract, Telos will continue providing operations and maintenance of Xacta Assessment Engine and Xacta Continuum to provide the agency with the ability to manage and support all DHS and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. Telos will also provide on-site help desk and expertise to assist with process engineering, deployments to meet new regulations, and template development.

“Because of its unique role in the U.S. government, DHS’s information systems must comply with a broad range of security mandates including FedRAMP and NIST RMF, as well as its own policies for security compliance,” said Ben Taylor, vice president, IA Services for Telos. “We look forward to continuing our support of the Department and helping it manage, monitor and track authorizations to operate, plans of action and milestones, control assessments, and ongoing authorizations.”

Source: Telos