GSA awards task order for software patch filtering program

GSA awards task order for software patch filtering program

The General Services Administration has awarded a task order to Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego for a Web service that will alert users of security vulnerabilities in their computer systems and of patches to fix them.

The free program will support the Federal Technology Service's Federal Computer Incident Response Center, which tests and distributes security patches for federal users. Government users will be able to sign up for the service, enter information about their information systems and receive information specific to those systems. Vigilinx Inc. of Parsippany, N.J, developed the service.

'We're customizing it for federal users for just the vulnerabilities they have,' said Janice Robinson-Wells, FedCIRC computer specialist.

FedCIRC tests patches released by software vendors to make sure that they fix the problems they are intended to and that they will work on agencies' systems.

'The end user must still test the patches in their own environment,' Robinson-Wells said. 'We can't test for every configuration.'

The service is expected to be available by the end of June. Information on availability will be posted at

The task order is worth $1.5 million in its first year. There are four one-year options for the order.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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