DISA Taps Eleven Firms for Info-Security

WASHINGTON (07/31/2000) - The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency last week solidified the private sector's role in protecting the Pentagon's global information networks from cyberattack by awarding a $1.5 billion contract for a wide range of information security services.

On July 27, DISA awarded the long-awaited Information Assurance/ Information Technologies Capabilities contract, also known as "I Assure," to 11 firms.

Through the seven-year, indefinite- delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, private-sector firms will team with DISA on a number of information assurance and security solutions, including hardware and software support, policy and architecture assistance, security certification, countermeasure support and training.

In a written statement released by DISA, Tom Thoma, the agency's deputy director, said the I Assure contract incorporates a "flexible partnership" approach to subcontracting that allows the winning companies to build and propose teams based on the Pentagon's information assurance requirements.

"Partnerships are an essential element in meeting the evolving IA challenges," he said.

The I Assure contract is a follow-on award to a contract known as Infosec, which was managed through a joint DISA and National Security Agency program office. The overall focus of the DISA/NSA program office has been to ensure the security and stability of the Pentagon's various network environments, including the Defense Information Systems Network.

The 11 vendors include Artel Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., Electronic Data Systems Corp., Logicon Inc., Pragmatics Inc., Science Applications International Corp., Systems Research and Applications Corp., Veridian Information Solutions Inc. and Wang Government Services Inc.

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