The General Services Administration has modernized its Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services Special Item Number to provide agencies with access to a complete solution of cybersecurity services to protect high-value assets.
The HACS offerings were initially created 2.5 years ago, but considering the evolution of the cybersecurity market, GSA is keeping up by adding cybersecurity services originally missing, according to GSA Acting Assistant Commissioner Bill Zielinski.
So, GSA worked with the Office of Management and Budget and the Homeland Security Department to identify services that should be added. These support services from evaluated vendors will expand agencies’ capacity to test high-priority IT systems, rapidly address vulnerabilities and stop adversaries before they infiltrate a network.
The newly bolstered HACS Special Item Number 132-45 on IT Schedule 70 — the long-term contract vehicle providing tech products and services from more than 4,600 pre-vetted vendors — now includes sub-categories and broader definitions that don’t have to be updated as the cybersecurity market changes. It also allows customer agencies to buy total solutions.
Plus, agencies using the HACS SIN will meet guidance outlined in OMB’s memo “Preparing for and Responding to a Breach of Personal Identifiable Information” by buying services that meet those concerns.
The expansion also supports actions outlined in the “Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization” and OMB’s memo “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Agencies by enhancing the High Value Asset Program.”
“The restructured HACS solution on IT Schedule 70 will provide federal agencies with easier access to services and solutions to protect large complex network and data systems, including HVAs that hold sensitive information critical to national and economic security,” Zielinski said.
The enhanced SIN is open to industry partners for on-ramping; and for Defense Department, civilian agencies and state and local government to start buying cybersecurity services.
GSA is also holding a HACS Modernization Customer event at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 15 to fill its customers in on the changes.