Trusted Internet Connections (TICs)

Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) delivers cybersecurity solutions

The Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) program provides Trusted Internet Connections-compliant managed security services through Networx.

MTIPS provides security for agencies' online traffic and delivers many other cybersecurity solutions. Agencies can use MTIPS to comply with OMB guidance on Trusted Internet Connections (see details on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Trusted Internet Connections Initiative).

Government Networx users can get MTIPS as a managed security service, or as part of an agency’s specific statement of work directly with Trusted Internet Connections access providers.

DHS agency MOA EINSTEIN cybersecurity capabilities

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Relating to the Deployment of EINSTEIN Cybersecurity Capabilities (Word, 152 KB, 04/22/2013)

This Agreement supersedes the previous versions.

Please direct inquiries to:

MTIPS industry partners

These industry partners have undergone the TIC Compliance Validation process:

Note: the industry partner links below go to nongovernment commercial websites.





How MTIPS works

This illustration depicts the MTIPS Generic Functional Model

The illustration above shows the MTIPS generic functional model. Download the functional model (PDF, 4099 KB).

GSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly developed the requirements for this Networx Trusted Internet Connection Access Provider (TICAP) service. The high-level functional components include:

  • Internet access
  • Hosted EINSTEIN enclave (a computer network intrusion detection system)
  • A security Operations Center (SOC)
  • DCID 6/9-compliant Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF)
  • MTIPS transport

The MTIPS Security Operations Center monitors all information exchanged with external networks to protect agency traffic. The MTIPS transport serves as a collection network for the TIC portal, insulating an agency’s internal network from the Internet and other external networks.

MTIPS features and price structure

Download MTIPS pricing (07/01/2011, PDF, 234 KB).

The illustration above also depicts the MTIPS pricing structure:

Price = Port + Access + Service-Enabling Devices (SEDs) or equipment

Charges for the port are monthly, with no installation fees. The MTIPS port charge is made up of the following:

  • Internet access connectivity
  • Failover connectivity
  • EINSTEIN enclave
  • SOC with cleared staffing
  • Security services
  • SCIF
  • Global and rapid response loops
  • Dual site and component redundancy

These optional features are separately priced:

  • Encrypted traffic analysis
  • Agency security policy enforcement
  • Forensic analysis of cyber incidents
  • Customized reports
  • Agency Network Operations Center/Security Operations Center console
  • Custom Certification and Accreditation support
  • External Network Connection (IP traffic)
  • Encrypted DMZ (Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2-compliant)

Sample Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

Download a Sample Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) (Word, 96 KB, 01/25/2010) between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the department or agency (banner MOA) 

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Last Reviewed 2015-11-10