Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a record-breaking billion-dollar task order under the massive program of federal cyberdefense managed by the Homeland Security Department, the company announced.
Booz Allen was awarded the prime contractor spot on the governmentwide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program’s Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense project, also known as DEFEND.
The $1.03 billion task order includes one base year and five 1-year options.
Booz Allen said it’s the largest task order it has won from the federal government and the second-largest cybersecurity task order in the company’s history.
The CDM program, which launched in 2012 and is managed by DHS and the General Services Administration, provides a full suite of cybertools, services and solutions for federal agencies.
“DHS has defined an elegant roadmap for 15 major CDM capabilities — ranging from Network Access Control to Privilege Management to Cloud Security,” said Rob Allegar, a Booz Allen vice president, who leads the company’s CDM work. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with them as a cyber solutions provider, and to bring new capabilities that collect, process, and act on real-time cyber data. Cyber defense has become a race. And success means faster decisions and faster actions. We design Booz Allen’s CDM solutions to help Agency leaders understand their attack surface, detect evolving threats, make informed risk-based decisions, and act quickly. The goal is to do all of this as fast as possible, before vulnerabilities can be exploited.”
Overall, the DEFEND program has a value of up to $3.4 billion.
“This marquee assignment from DHS is a testament to Booz Allen’s value proposition,” said Brad Medairy, a senior vice president at Booz and leader of the firm’s cyber and engineering practice. “We bring the best talent and the most sophisticated tradecraft together to create innovative cyber solutions at an unprecedented scale. Our solutions-based approach, understanding of the threat, and engineering and management rigor places us at the heart of our clients’ most difficult cyber missions.”