John Streufert, director of federal network resilience at the Department of Homeland Security, has told Federal Times that the agency is poised to award the second round of task orders under its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program for the protection of dot-gov networks.
Steve Watkins writes that CDM tools from 17 winners reached 19 agencies through the initial competition awarded in January 2014.
“We are now positioning for task order number two, which will supply solutions under competitive task orders to the better part of the 23 of 23 CFO Act reporting agencies within the next 20 weeks, “ Streufert told Federal Times.
The new round will have six task areas, depending on the agencies’ grouping according to their CDM requirements.
Streufert likened the government’s CDM efforts to an in-vehicle safety service.
“To avoid the unwelcome outcomes of being target practice for the cyber adversaries out there, we want to put those first mechanisms in place… whether the windows are open, the doors are locked, whether the tires are low or it’s time to do a check engine on our basic previously known vulnerabilities and weaknesses,” he said.