[ISN] FAA awarding security contract

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Date: Wed May 23 2001 - 16:16:49 PDT

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    BY Paula Shaki Trimble 
    The Federal Aviation Administration will be able to check off another
    item on its list of information systems security initiatives when it
    awards a contract in July for support of its Computer Security
    Incident Response Capability (CSIRC).
    The FAA announced Tuesday it plans to award a five-month, sole-source
    contract to Computer Sciences Corp. to advise the FAA on intrusion
    detection and response and to monitor intrusions, manage trouble
    calls, issue alerts and advisories, administer the agencys secure Web
    page, support analyses and report metrics.
    The contract will have two options of two months each, according to
    the FAA contract opportunity notice. Any follow-on efforts will be
    openly competed, the FAA notice said.
    CSC already is performing services and has proprietary tools in place,
    the FAA notice said. Comments on the proposed award can be submitted
    through May 28.
    FAA chief information officer Daniel Mehan established the FAA Office
    of Information Systems Security last spring. In an order from FAA
    Administrator Jane Garvey, the agency was directed to create and
    operate a CSIRC. In an interview in April, Mehan and Michael Brown,
    director of the FAA Office of Information Systems Security, said one
    of their priorities is to have a mature intrusion-detection and
    response process.
    "We are leaning on the research and development community to develop
    software to filter and determine whether its a real attack," Brown
    said. Brown and Mehan have already previewed some of that software.
    Mehan said he wants more immediate distribution of virus and intrusion
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