HHS awards contract to iDefense for cyberthreat protection

The Health and Human Services Department has awarded a $100,000, one-year contract to iDefense Inc. to help safeguard its systems from threats such as viruses, worms and hackers.

The Chantilly, Va., company will provide its iAlert security service to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and eight other HHS agencies, said Terence Dole, a company spokesman.

The service sends warnings of computer threats such as malicious codes, profiles of hackers and alerts on system vulnerabilities, he said. The warnings are sent via e-mail and also can be transmitted via a secure Web interface. The service includes a database of threats and countermeasures.

The goal of iAlert is to help the department avoid or mitigate threats before an IT crisis occurs, Dole said.

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