FTS will add security services to some GWACs

The Federal Technology Service next month will begin incorporating six new IT security services in its governmentwide acquisition contracts.

The goal is to bolster security tools available in the FTS product line, said John C. Johnson, the General Services Administration's assistant commissioner for service development.

FTS, which began formulating the plan last year, will modify existing GWACs to add security services. FedWireless, FTS 2001, the Metropolitan Area Acquisition contracts for local telephone service, Millennia Lite and Safeguard will all be enhanced in the next few months, Johnson said.

'There is a great deal of complexity from our customer's perspective of what types of security services are needed,' Johnson said. 'In general, many agencies do not have the skill set needed to define and implement their security needs. We are identifying requirements and seeing if industry can meet them.'

GSA is developing a multitier security profile for the FTS 2001 and MAA contracts. The four levels are standard, protected, high-assurance and network, Johnson said.

'This is not a one-size-fits-all approach,' he said. 'Our goal is to enhance IT services with security technologies appropriate for all missions sensitivities and localities.'

GSA also will augment security services for co-managed network services, IT integration, wireless, security testing and evaluation, and policy development.

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