Booz Allen Hamilton announced that the company has been selected as the first prime contractor under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) Program, with a $621 million single-award, six-year task order.
Booz Allen has supported the DHS CDM efforts for more than two years, thus far helping 13 federal agencies deploy cybersecurity tools to better protect four million computers.
CDM DEFEND expands capabilities of the CDM Program to include cybersecurity coverage for cloud and mobile devices, automated capabilities for incident response and system compliance, enhanced protection of data at rest and in transit, and improved user management.
Cyber-attacks against government networks are growing more sophisticated, frequent and dynamic, says the company’s press release. To tackle the constantly evolving challenge of protecting the United States from these attacks, DHS established the CDM Program in 2012, which envisioned a flexible approach to strengthen the cybersecurity of every computer network and system in the government. In 2015, Booz Allen was among the first awarded multiple contracts to partner with DHS and to implement the ambitious CDM Program. Within this first phase, Booz Allen integrated foundational cybersecurity solutions that spanned 80 percent of the .gov enterprise and gave the 13 participating departments and agencies unprecedented visibility into their networks.
DHS has now selected Booz Allen as the first prime contractor under the next chapter of the CDM Program to continue driving its implementation with a $621 million single-award, six-year task order.
“We’re thrilled to grow our partnership with Department of Homeland Security in their critical mission to protect the United States and its citizens from cybersecurity threats,” said Marcie Nagel, a Booz Allen principal and leader of the firm’s CDM work. “Our work will expand into new areas of cybersecurity, like incident response and automation. This work aims to help these federal departments and agencies leverage new capabilities that will ultimately empower our clients to defend their networks faster with more flexibility and greater visibility into the network itself.”