[ISN] GSA preps security solutions

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Date: Fri May 24 2002 - 03:25:52 PDT

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    By Diane Frank 
    May 23, 2002
    Agencies and vendors should expect to see some big opportunities for
    increasing government security as the General Services Administration
    readies several new solutions and solicitations this year.
    In March, GSA's Federal Computer Incident Response Center (FedCIRC)  
    awarded its patch authentication and dissemination capability, a free
    service to provide agencies with a way to get only the security
    patches they need for the software on their networks.
    The service, run by Science Applications International Corp. and
    subcontractor Vigilinx Inc., will be at initial operating capability
    and ready for some agencies to use June 20, said Sallie McDonald,
    GSA's assistant commissioner for information assurance and critical
    infrastructure protection. McDonald was speaking May 22 at the
    E-Security and Homeland Defense conference in New York City, an event
    sponsored by the Information Technology Association of America and
    Prudential Securities.
    In July, FedCIRC officials expect to release a request for proposals
    on a security knowledge management portal, another service to be
    offered to agencies, McDonald said. The portal will enable agencies to
    find out about general security issues, such as new vulnerabilities,
    threats and fixes. It also will provide a secure site for chat rooms
    and other collaboration tools, she said.
    FedCIRC also is looking at creating a security toolkit, giving
    agencies central access to all of the security tools developed and
    already paid for by government and quasi-government organizations,
    such as Mitretek Systems Inc. and the Carnegie Mellon University's
    Software Engineering Institute.
    The center plans to issue an RFP this summer for a contractor to
    identify the tools, assemble them into a suite of services and market
    them to agencies, McDonald said.
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