GSA sets up security alert, patch service

GSA sets up security alert, patch service

Sallie McDonald

The General Services Administration has awarded a $1.5 million task order for a custom Web service that will alert systems administrators to new security weaknesses and patches.

Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego will customize the IntelliShield security intelligence service from Vigilinx Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., for the Federal Technology Service's Federal Computer Incident Response Center.

IntelliShield sends systems administrators vulnerability alerts, workaround tips and notices of patches.

It will 'filter out patches that do not apply to their networks and let managers concentrate on patches they really need,' said Sallie McDonald, assistant commissioner in FTS' Office of Information Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection.
SAIC will validate the patches released by software vendors before making them available for download from FedCIRC over a secure connection.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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