Wang, Van Dyke plan to offer information assurance package

Wang, Van Dyke plan to offer information assurance package

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

Wang Global Inc. and its subsidiary, J.G. Van Dyke & Associates of Bethesda, Md., are developing a suite of information assurance services to offer at fairly low, fixed prices through General Services Administration schedule contracts.

Large systems built for agencies all now have significant security components, said Gerald F. Hice, vice president of market development for Wang's network and security solutions group.

Wang plans to price the information assurance services beneath government purchase card thresholds so that a project such as a public-key infrastructure effort could be paid for with plastic rather than requiring a new contract, Hice said. The services are separate from GSA's Safeguard Program offerings [GCN, July 26, Page 3].

Van Dyke eventually will become part of Wang Government Services Inc., the McLean, Va., company that sells Wang products and services to the federal government, Hice said.

Wang participates in the National Institutes of Health's Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners contract; the Navy's Database Machines and Voice, Video and Data contracts; a State Department networking contract; GSA's Seat Management Program and schedule contracts; the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA; an Agency for International Development blanket purchasing agreement for PCs; and the Defense Department's Systems Acquisition and Support Services Hardware II contract.

Front and center

Van Dyke typically develops government systems at the front end'the network operating system'whereas Wang's work generally falls in the middle of the lifecycle, said Mary A. Stassie, vice president of Van Dyke's network technologies group.

Wang and Van Dyke had been working together on projects for seven years before the acquisition. 'It's much more credible when you can do it all,'' Hice said.

For example, the two companies recently developed a firewall and packet-screening system for an agency they would not identify. Wang knew the agency's network and Van Dyke knew the security products, said Paul Green, an information security engineer with Van Dyke.

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