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GSA Awards First Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Contract to AT&T

GSA # 10561

December 15, 2008
Robert Lesino, (202) 501-1231
robert.lesino@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today awarded its first highly anticipated Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) to AT&T Corporation as a contract modification on the Networx Universal contract.

GSA developed MTIPS for the Networx contracts to allow agencies to connect to the Internet  in full compliance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative (M-08-05).  MTIPS facilitates the reduction of internet connections in government networks and provides standard security services to all government users.

“GSA has provided resources to assist the successful implementation of the TIC Initiative and made information systems security a priority in their strategic plans,” said Karen Evans, OMB Administrator for E-Government and IT. “Fewer external connections, means fewer vulnerabilities and better secured networks.”

GSA Acting Administrator Jim Williams said, “I am proud of GSA’s ability to respond to this very important Presidential mandate.  Nothing could be more critical than helping the government protect its mission sensitive information.”

The Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service under the Networx Universal contracts will include an Einstein Enclave (a computer network intrusion detection system) and the following components:

  • Security Operations Center (SOC) for agency protection
  • Transport from the agency-wide area network to the TIC Portal
  • Redundant internet access service
  • Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Requirements
  • Optional features to allow for agency unique requirements

GSA will continue to evaluate MTIPS proposals from other Networx Universal contractors and make more awards as soon as possible in early 2009.  
 

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