VA awards $103m cybersecurity contract

VA awards $103m cybersecurity contract

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a $103 million, 11-year contract to a five-company consortium to secure its networks nationwide. The VA Security Team vendors will develop a central incident response capability for all networks involving VA hospitals, cemeteries, and medical and insurance records.

The award has a one-year base period and 10 optional years. SecureInfo Corp., a global cybersecurity company in San Antonio, will lead the venture. The other partners are Applied Engineering Management Corp., a San Antonio software development firm; DSD Laboratories Inc., a systems engineering firm in Sudbury, Mass.; Seidcon Inc., an El Camino, Calif., company that specializes in network certification and accreditation; and TeamBI Solutions Inc., a security knowledge management company in Falls Church, Va.

Science Applications International Corp. will handle long-distance support and Signal Corp. of Fairfax, Va., will give telecommunications support. Hardware will come from Compaq Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

The department has a history of security problems. In a report to Congress last year, the VA inspector general's office said its team broke into departmental computers dozens of times.

In March 2001, VA hired Bruce Brody as associate deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, the first such position in the federal government.

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