October 17, 2011
Contract Award: General Dynamics to provide information assurance and cyber security services to US Defense Intelligence Agency
As announced in a recent press release, General Dynamics has been awarded an $86 million task order to provide information assurance and cyber security services to US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in the U.S. and worldwide. The single-award task order, competed under the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (SITE) contract, will extend to May 2016 if all options are exercised.
Through the contract, General Dynamics will provide services to ensure the security, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of the DIA’s information, as well as computer network defense of the DIA’s enterprise-level assets, networks, security domains and data resources globally.
General Dynamics currently operates approximately 20 security operations centers (SOCs) and 15 critical incident response teams. General Dynamics sustains also the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s SOC, providing around the clock support to ensure network and information security for more than 70,000 users. The SOC processes tens of millions of events per month, cutting through the noise to identify and handle hundreds of actionable incidents.
In April 2011, General Dynamics Information Technology became the first Healthcare Application Service Provider hosting environment to receive Common Security Framework (CSF) Certified status from the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). The achievement follows a three-week audit of the processes and procedures. HITRUST established the CSF to be used by organizations that create, access, store or exchange personal health and financial information. The CSF is an information security framework that integrates the requirements of existing government and third party standards and regulations. This certified framework provides organizations with the needed structure, detail and clarity relating to information security tailored to the healthcare industry.
General Dynamics was selected by the Defense Intelligence Agency for the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (SITE) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract in May 2010. General Dynamics plans to hire 80 employees to support this contract. The work will be performed in the Washington, D.C., area and at U.S. Department of Defense combatant commands worldwide.
“General Dynamics will provide the highest level of information assurance and cyber security support to DIA’s enterprise, networks and security domains,” said Thomas Kirchmaier, senior vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Information Technology’s Intelligence Solutions Division. “Our cadre of cyber professionals has over 40 years of experience supporting the DIA worldwide and will provide unparalleled service.”
“This contract enables General Dynamics to continue providing exceptional and responsive services in safeguarding critical DIA and Department of Defense networks and information systems,” said Ron Ehrenfeld, vice president and general manager of the Defense Agencies Sector of General Dynamics Information Technology’s Intelligence Solutions Division.
References: General Dynamics (1,2)