Agriculture awards task order for systems certification

Agriculture awards task order for systems certification

The Agriculture Department has awarded Telos Corp. a task order to certify and accredit USDA systems, the first order placed so far under blanket-purchasing agreements designed to strengthen IT security.

Agriculture negotiated BPAs'jointly worth up to $60 million over five years'with 11 vendors in October for departmentwide certification, accreditation and other security services. Telos' task order is valued at $226,300, the Ashburn, Va., company reported.

The department assembled the agreements to create plans for security and disaster recovery, a risk assessment framework, users' guides for security features and security tests.

Telos will conduct precertification on systems and applications for Agriculture's National IT Center in Kansas City, Mo. The company's Xacta Web C&A product will help the center collect data about its IT assets and correlate the data to requirements and risks. The Telos software will analyze the data and automatically generate documents required for certification and accreditation under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

The company will perform certification and accreditation services for 15 types of systems, including mainframes, servers, storage area networks, LANs and infrastructure support systems.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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