Strengthening the cybersecurity of networks, systems, and data is one of the most important challenges faced by the federal government. That is why, since the beginning of this Administration, President Obama has led efforts to better prepare our government and our nation to face the growing cybersecurity threats.
Earlier this year, the President launched the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which takes near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is a key strategic partner in the Administration’s cybersecurity efforts, and we are working hard to find the best vendors and most innovative products and services to tackle cybersecurity threats, and to deliver those tools to our federal agency partners. That is why, today, our Federal Acquisition Service Office of Integrated Technology Services issued a Request for Information on the cybersecurity products and services that are available to address the most prevalent cybersecurity threats to government and industry.
The information gained will be used to develop a contract vehicle to help our customers procure both proactive and reactive cybersecurity services, such as penetration testing, incident response, and security engineering to include post-incident or post-assessment remediation. Providing federal agencies better access to private sector talent that can identify threats, address vulnerabilities, and assist in recovery from malicious cyber events is a key component of helping the entire federal government improve its cyber posture.
This Request for Information puts us one step closer to enhancing cybersecurity protections and ensuring that our federal networks, systems, and data are sufficiently secured against current and future cyber threats.