DHS Awards Booz Allen Largest-Ever Contract
On Tuesday, federal contractor Booz Allen Hamilton received the largest-ever contract in its 100-year history, with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcing it had awarded the company $1.03 billion for the agency’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program.
CDM’s purpose “is to help cybersecurity workers triage threats, using electronic sensors and software, so they can focus on the most severe threats first,” according to CNBC.
According to Carten Cordell of FedScoop, the contract “calls upon the McLean, Va.-based IT services firm to provide cybersecurity tools and capabilities to CDM’s Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program, specifically its Group D of agencies, which includes the General Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, NASA, Social Security Administration, Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Postal Service.”
Under the massive initiative, the company “will provide for increased cybersecurity services and more flexibility for federal agencies to tailor specific solutions that they can deploy to safeguard their networks, especially with the original CDM contracts expiring at the end of the year.”
The latest contract is in addition to another contract the company was awarded in the same DEFEND program earlier this year, when it won a $621 million contract for a separate set of agencies.
Booz Allen officials noted that the “new task order provides cybersecurity services to almost 80 percent of the federal government’s .gov environment, including 4.1 million network addressable devices, more than 1.75 million users and over 19,700 sites.”
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