To truly ensure the principle of one person, one vote, the American electoral infrastructure should adopt security protocols similar to those used in the cybersecurity industry. Electoral management should be conducted using variations on the techniques employed for financial systems and national security data. Unfortunately, today’s U.S. voting mechanisms at all levels as well as national policy would not pass even the most rudimentary information assurance audit.
Advanced Alliant Solutions Joint Venture Team, Fairfax, Virginia, is awarded $8,806,234 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for information assurance services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Information Technology/Cyber Security Department. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (99 percent); and Lakehurst, New Jersey (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2019. Fiscal year 2019 working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $4,035,039 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Nexagen Networks Inc.,* Marlboro, New Jersey, is being awarded an $11,390,168 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-15-D-0083) to provide engineering support services for information assurance and security engineering-related services to the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. The exercise of this two-year option period to the three-year base contract brings the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $27,305,949.
Arkham Technology Ltd.,* Irvine, California (FA8307-17-D-0001); Innoflight Inc.,* San Diego (FA8307-17-D-0002); Innove LLC,* Boerne, Texas (FA8307-17-D-0003); P E Systems Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia (FA8307-17-D-0004); and X Technologies Inc., San Antonio (FA8307-17-D-0005), have been awarded a combined not-to-exceed $50 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Contractors will provide the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division materiel solution analysis and related efforts for cryptographic and information assurance products. Work will be performed primarily at each contractor’s location.
General Dynamics Mission Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona (FA8307-17-D-0006); Harris Corp., Rochester, New York (FA8307-17-D-0007); L-3 Systems Corp., Camden, New Jersey (FA8307-17-D-0008); Leidos Inc., Columbia, Maryland (FA8307-17-D-0009); Raytheon, El Segundo, California (FA8307-17-D-0010); Sypris Electronics LLC, Tampa, Florida (FA8307-17-D-0011); and ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, California (FA8307-17-D-0012) have been awarded a combined not-to-exceed $875 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.
Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,954,769 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-6294) to exercise options for engineering and technical services to upgrade and modernize existing and emergent information assurance (IA) systems. This contract involves custom application of the generic IA toolset to simultaneously and affordably satisfy specific combat system configuration requirements.
When students studying cybersecurity return to Capitol Technology University in Maryland this fall, cash scholarships donated by a former adjunct professor will aid at least two of them.
Nischit Vaidya, president and CEO of Argotis, is driven by a love of education and a desire to give back to his community. The new scholarship program—created in his parents' names—accomplishes that quest and provides a legacy honoring his parents, who endured years of hard work and worry to see their son succeed, he says. “For me, the biggest thing is my mom and dad.”
Vergis Group LLC, Vienna, Virginia, is being awarded a $33,350,607 firm-fixed-price contract to provide responsive and high-quality information assurance services to all customers and stakeholder on behalf of the Washington Headquarters Services, Joint Services Provider, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other Department of Defense agencies. Work performance will take place in multiple locations in the national capital region, primarily at the Pentagon, Mark Center and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of February 28, 2019. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,313,728 are being obligated at time of the award.
Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,736,483 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-6294 to exercise an option for engineering and technical services for information assurance (IA) solutions. Progeny Systems Corp. shall continue formulation of IA solutions and integrate them into commercial-off-the-shelf-based combat and network systems. The effort of this contract involves custom application of the generic IA tool-set to satisfy combat system configuration specific requirements.
Cask Technologies LLC, San Diego, is being awarded a $25 million four-year, 10-month, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the engineering and information assurance support for the Marine Corps Total Force Information Technology Systems. Work will be performed in Stafford, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 21, 2020. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated as task orders are issued. This contract was competitively procured among all certified Small Business Administration 8(a) firms via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received.
Nexagen Networks Inc., Marlboro, New Jersey, is being awarded a $15,915,782 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide engineering support services for information assurance and security engineering-related services to the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. This three-year contract includes one two-year option period, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $27,305,949. Work will be performed at the government facilities in Philadelphia (75 percent) and the contractor's facilities in Marlboro, New Jersey (25 percent); work is expected to be completed February 17, 2018.
Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,643,293 task order (P00003) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-14-A-0023) to provide technical support services for the Department of Defense's Chief Information Officer Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Support program. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Oct. 16, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,643,293 are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two proposals received.
Jacobs Technology Inc., Bedford, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $21,143,345 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract modification (P00009) for FA8721-14-C-0018 to provide engineering and technology acquisition support services, which consist of disciplined systems/specialty engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products using established government, contractor, and industry processes.
Jacobs Technology Incorporated, Bedford, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $23,547,235 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract (FA8721-14-C-0016) to provide engineering and technology acquisition support services, which consist of disciplined systems/specialty engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products using established government, contractor, and industry processes. Work will be performed at Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB), Massachusetts, Lackland AFB, Texas, Schreiver AFB, Colorado, Eglin AFB, Florida, and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2015. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded three task orders to provide information technology (IT) services under the Federal Bureau of Investigation Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (FBI IT Triple S) contract. The task orders have a combined value of $19 million over eight years.
DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, and M. C.
AT and T, Vienna, Virginia; EWA, Herndon, Virginia; Macaulay Brown, Dayton, Ohio; Northrop Grumman, Chantilly, Virginia; SAIC, McLean, Virginia; SRC Incorporated, Chantilly, Virginia; Scientific Research Company, Atlanta, Georgia; and URS, Germantown, Maryland, are being awarded a firm-fixed-price multiple award contract for professional, technical, and analytical support in the mission areas of information assurance and information operations (IO). Support services include the core capabilities of IO: electronic warfare, computer network operations, psychological operations, military deception, and operations security. The contract includes support for missions, functions, and tasks related to signal intelligence; strategic, operational
Gnostech Incorporated, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $13,512,796 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide information assurance-related services in support of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security programs. Support will include certification and accreditation documentation, security and certification test and evaluation, security control compliance evaluation, data recovery/prevention services, network security services, and information assurance planning and coordination. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.
In an era of social media, smart phones and WikiLeaks, information assurance is increasingly critical to the mission of the U.S. Marine Corps. And Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, USMC, chief information technology officer, has his hands full ensuring that information flows smoothly and securely throughout the service. Among the general's ever-growing list of issues to address, one goal remains supreme: achieving a seamless enterprise capability to enhance decision-making and give Marines an advantage over their enemies.
Diligent Consulting Incorporated, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a $24 million contract to provide for Air Education and Training Command Department of Defense information assurance certification and accreditation process support services. Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
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According to Air Force LTG William Lord, 85 percent of cyberoperations are in defense. That being the case, How should the Defense Department protect its network and computer assets? A 2009 RAND Corporation report on cyberdeterrence asserts "...most of the effort to defend systems is inevitably the ambit of everyday system administrators and with the reinforcement of user vigilance." The report also states "...the nuts and bolts of cyberdefense are reasonably well understood."
Accreditation and certification of software is a vital but time-consuming process. On Tuesday afternoon, panelists at the AFCEA SOLUTIONS symposium discussed the challenge and ongoing attempts to streamline the process. Brig. Gen. Peter F. Hoene, USAF, DISA's program executive officer for the Global Command and Control System-Joint (GCCS-J), stated that there was a need to speed accreditation and certification because the current procedure takes too much time. He noted that some units had even resorted to writing their own software, completely aware of the risks involved in using uncertified programs, because they needed the operational capability.
Tuesday's afternoon keynote speaker highlighted the importance of accepting technological change across the U.S. government. David Wennergren, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management and Technology and Defense Department Chief Information Officer, shared his ideas for improving technology processes throughout the federal space. He began his speech by stressing the need for information sharing across federal agencies, noting that in 2005 the human race created 150 exabytes of data and that by 2010 this had increased to 1,200 exabytes. Chief information officers and managers will have to manage a constantly increasing sea of data. "Data has to be sexy for you," he quipped.
"The difference there is [that] we don't want to prioritize and think just in terms of 'how do we secure information' without thinking through our real objective of assuring support for DOD missions."--Mark Orndorff, director of the PEO for Mission Assurance and Network Operations, DISA