FedCIRC plans centralized software patch distribution

The General Services Administration is working to make it easy for agencies to stay up-to-date with software patches. GSA recently awarded a $10.8 million task order contract to Veridian Corp. of Arlington, Va., to support the Federal Computer Incident Response Center in issuing alerts and distributing patches via the Web.

GSA awarded the task order, which is for one year with four one-year options, through its Safeguard governmentwide acquisition contract.

Veridian will develop the Web portal by late December. It will notify federal IT managers and CIOs about the software patches, then authenticate and distribute the patches.

The contract team includes SecureInfo Corp. of San Antonio. The system will use SecureInfo's InsiteEVM commercial software to pinpoint in real time the computers that need software patches and provide CIOs and IT managers with alerts specific to the software used by their agencies.

FedCIRC is one of the 22 entities being transferred to the new Homeland Security Department.

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