The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded a $163 million task order to SRA International, a subsidiary of CSRA Inc. (NYSE:CSRA). The award directs CSRA to support DISA’s Endpoint Security Solution (ESS) Integrator Support effort under the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Alliant Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).
CSRA will work with Microsoft and McAfee to enhance DISA’s ESS capabilities and cyber strategy. Microsoft Consulting Services will provide subject matter assistance in the evaluation of the current state of cyber protection in order for DISA to engineer effective, scalable, and resource-conscious security solutions that address DISA’s requirements. CSRA, Microsoft, McAfee, and DISA will also envision, plan, and deliver hardening and containment solutions for the Microsoft technologies across the DoD enterprise. This will use Microsoft cybersecurity solutions to protect DoD from internal and external threat actors.
The task order contains a one-year base period that will run through October 31, 2018, followed by four one-year options. Under the task order, CSRA will provide DoD with system engineering and technical support necessary to strengthen the security postures and technical capability for the DoD endpoints.
Gerald Robinson, General Manager of Microsoft’s Department of Defense Enterprise Services organization, said “we look forward to working with DISA and CSRA to showcase a best-in-class approach to cybersecurity and endpoint protection. DISA is leading the way in its defense-in-depth approach and Microsoft’s technologies will help to ensure a no-compromises approach to DISA and CSRA’s cyber efforts.”
Ken Kartsen, Vice President of McAfee Federal, said “McAfee is committed to supporting Defense Department efforts aimed at securing their endpoints, networks, and next-generation systems. We’re grateful for the opportunity to provide comprehensive cyber security expertise and solutions in partnership with CSRA to support DISA’s critical national security mission.”
Endpoint Security Solutions are the first, and ultimately the last, line of defense for DoD cybersecurity personnel. Every day, millions of adversaries – from amateur hackers and malicious insiders to nation states – are testing DoD’s defenses. They are looking for vulnerabilities to exploit in an attempt to harm assets of the United States.
Endpoint Security forms a lynchpin in DISA’s overall defense-in-depth program. It ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of DISA’s unclassified and classified networks, which support our nation’s warfighters. CSRA fights alongside America’s military in this cyber war while providing important resources and support to help them secure our nation.
CSRA will evaluate, recommend, and integrate endpoint technologies to block, defeat, contain, isolate, and suppress sophisticated attacks that originate from cyber threat actors, while contributing key data to DoD’s cyber defense analytic platform. Through this task order, CSRA will also enable the DoD Information Network (DoDIN) to remain operable while deterring or neutralizing cyber-attacks. This operation is made possible through global endpoint security across DISA; DoD; USCYBERCOM; Combatant Commands, Services, Agencies and Field Activities (CC/S/As); and the broader technology community.
Through CSRA’s support, DISA will achieve:
Closure of End Point Security capability gaps
Protection against both insider and external threats
Agility to respond to and minimize impact from emerging threats
Interoperability across DoD Enterprise and integration with the rest of the DoD security architecture
Effective, operationally-focused training with responsive help desk support
Shortened implementation timelines through process improvements and best practices
This task order expands CSRA’s growing partnership with DISA. In June, CSRA was awarded a major $498 million contract to support milCloud® 2.0 Phase 1.