U.S. attorneys to receive secure remote access
- By Brian Robinson
- May 22, 2006
The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), a Department of Justice agency, has awarded a five-year, blanket purchase contract for Virtual Private Network services that will support remote access for some 14,000 users.
Under the agreement, Blue Ridge Networks, Inc. will provide a secure, managed VPN using its BorderGuard communications platform along with 24-hour help desk support, provisioning and a trouble alert and maintenance system.
The EOUSA provides U.S. Attorneys with general executive assistance and direction, along with operational support and coordination with other components of the DoJ and other federal agencies. It was formed in 1953 to serve as a liaison with the DOJ in Washington, DC and the 93 U.S. Attorneys offices located in the 50 states and other U.S. territories.
The EOUSA's high speed remote access project, through VPN access, will allow any EOUSA user to be online in less than 24 hours using any kind of connection available, including Wi-Fi, dial-up, cable modem, digital subscriber line (DSL) and dedicated circuits, according to Blue Ridge.
The company's BorderGuard system already has FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria, and DOD SPOCK validation.
Brian Robinson is a freelance technology writer for GCN.