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Report: $6B Cyber Defense Initiative Paused Due to Shutdown

CyberCrimeKeyboardA $6 billion project to provide cybersecurity tools and services to government agencies has been put on hold because of the federal government shutdown, Nextgov reported Thursday.

Aliya Sternstein writes the Obama administration was scheduled to issue task orders for the five-year continuous monitoring program this week.

Federal agencies can use the vehicle to acquire bundled offerings such as risk monitors, sensors and consulting services, Sternstein reports.

The continuous monitoring method is intended to help managers notice changes in networks, diagnose problems and risks and apply fixes.

Seventeen contractors hold positions on the contract, which is administered by the General Services Administration and paid for by the Department of Homeland Security.

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