Still waiting for that secure product evaluation? It may
have been lost in the move.
The National Security Agency has relocated its Trusted Product Evaluation Program,
which gives security ratings to commercial hardware and software products. Formerly housed
in the National Computer Security Center, TPEP now functions under the Office of
Commercial Solutions and Enabling Technologies, a unit of the Information Security
Customer Service and Engineering Group.
According to TPEP Chief Dennis Kinch, the move is part of NSA's ""current
effort to merge, under one organization, all the vendor-focused security efforts which
will contribute to the new group's ability to ensure timely, quality, cost-effective
information security solutions and enable products to be brought to market.''
Whip out that computer-aided checkbook. The Navy has
announced acceptance of Intergraph Corp.'s products for the third and final Computer-Aided
The Huntsville, Ala., company won the $398 million contract last July [GCN,
July 25, 1994, Page 1], but the procurement was stalled through the fall because of a
protest at the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals.
Under this last CAD-2 contract, Intergraph will supply users in the Naval Air Systems
Command and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command with CAD and other computer-aided
manufacturing and engineering tools. Intergraph won the first CAD-2 deal and split the
second with Cordant Inc. in Reston, Va.
According to an Intergraph spokesman, a series of technology refreshments that allow
the company's CAD software to run on Microsoft Windows NT and Intel Pentium
microprocessors will be released in early August.
Better weather due in soon. The Information Technology
Division of Sterling Software Inc. in Dallas will design, build and support a weather
forecasting system and database for the Air Force's Global Weather Central at Offutt Air
Force Base, Neb. The forecasting program has been dubbed the Cloud Depiction and Forecast
Sterling's team for the 10-year, $40 million contract includes Northrop Grumman Corp.
and Logicon Inc. of Torrance, Calif.
ISO: sizzling desert data transfer rates. Looking for a
fast way to zip data across its million-acre Yuma Proving Ground campus in Arizona, the
Army has hired Severn Companies Inc. of Lanham, Md., to build an asynchronous transfer
mode, Fiber Distributed Data Interface network.
Severn will use servers from Silicon Graphics Inc. in Mountain View, Calif., and
networking equipment from Cabletron Systems Inc. in Rochester, N.H.; Cisco Systems Inc. in
San Jose, Calif.; and Fore Systems Inc. in Warrendale, Pa., under the three-year, $4.5