DHS Awards ECS $276M to Deliver Advanced CDM Dashboard Ecosystem

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA), has selected ECS to design and deploy the next-generation Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dashboard Ecosystem. The CDM Dashboard Ecosystem delivers cyber situational awareness data to the federal civilian agencies and summarizes risk exposure across the government at the federal level for DHS. The six-year task order was awarded under GSA’s Alliant 2 Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle and has a total value of $276M.

The rising volume and velocity of cyber-attacks against government networks present a continued challenge for federal agencies. To strengthen defenses against these pervasive threats, DHS established the CDM Program. The program provides DHS and federal agencies with capabilities and tools to identify cybersecurity risks, prioritize risks based on impact, and mitigate the most significant problems first. The CDM Dashboard Ecosystem is central to this effort.

ECS will advance the dashboard that will include ongoing advancements in data visualization, data ingest, indexing, and search performance. Cyber analytics will be delivered using leading-edge business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies. New capabilities to be provided in the ecosystem include a threat intelligence platform for government-wide threat indicator sharing, integration of the AWARE risk-scoring algorithm, and rollout of security orchestration automation and response (SOAR) tools in order to automate key vulnerability remediation and defensive cyber operations.

ECS aims to create a more intuitive environment and easier paths to discover and act on cyber data. The scope of the CDM Dashboard Ecosystem award also includes cloud hosting, security operations, system accreditation, and tiered support services.

Under the task order, ECS will work closely with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) HS and CDM Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) systems integrators at the agency level to ensure the successful rollout, adoption, and continuous optimization of the dashboard. The CDM Dashboard Ecosystem is a central component to the overall multi-billion dollar DEFEND program and solutions.

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