Transportation awards five contracts to bolster infrastructure protection

The Transportation Department has awarded five contracts worth roughly $45
million to protect the nation’s transportation infrastructure.


The new systems are intended to bridge the gap between physical and information
security risks, addressing the infrastructure as a whole, according to officials at the
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Mass. Volpe awarded the
contracts last month.


The five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts went to Integrated
Management Services Inc. of Woodbridge, Va.; Mei Technology Corp. of Lexington, Mass.;
Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego; Scientech Inc. of Idaho Falls,
Idaho; and TASC, a Reading, Mass., subsidiary of Litton Industries Inc.


The contracts will cover everything from building access and security to intrusion
detection for information technology systems, said Tom Smerczynski, TASC security program
manger.


The merging of physical and systems elements makes the unified approach to security for
transportation systems necessary, Smerczynski said.


Intelligent highway and toll systems, computerized railroad controls and high-tech air
traffic control systems must be protected from both physical and cyberattacks, he said.
 

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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