ECS Lands $276M Cyber Award

Aaron Faulkner, ECS

ECS has been selected to design and deploy a system that will deliver cyber situational awareness information to federal civilian agencies.

The $276 million, 6-year task order for the CDM Dashboard Ecosystem will also summarize risk exposure across the federal government for the Department of Homeland Security. DHS and the General Services Administration awarded the order under GSA’s Alliant 2 Governmentwide Acquisition Contract vehicle.

The CDM program was designed to strengthen defenses toward increasing cyber attacks against government networks. The Dashboard Ecosystem is central to agencies’ ability to identify, prioritize and mitigate cybersecurity risks. It will include ongoing advancements in data visualization, data ingest, indexing and search performance using leading-edge business intelligence, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

It will also introduce a threat intelligence sharing platform that can be used governmentwide as well as integration of the AWARE risk-scoring algorithm and a rollout of tools that can automate key vulnerability remediation and defense cyber operations.

“Our team is passionate about the CDM mission,” said Aaron Faulkner, vice president of security at ECS. “We took DHS’ challenge to heart, prototyping and evaluating numerous commercial and open source technologies, resulting in a flexible and open solution architecture that is purposefully engineered to evolve and grow with the mission and cybersecurity needs of DHS.”

ECS’ plan emphasizes a more intuitive environment and easier paths for discovering and acting on cyber data. The scope of the award also includes cloud hosting, security operations, system accreditation and tiered support services.

During rollout, adoption and use, ECS will work closely with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, DHS and CDM Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense systems integrators. The CDM Dashboard Ecosystem is a cen

George Wilson, ECS

tral component to the overall multi-billion dollar DEFEND program and solutions.

“We are thrilled by DHS’ decision to select ECS to lead and innovate this program and capability,” said George Wilson, president of ECS. “I could not be more proud of the leaders, architects, developers, and engineers at ECS that have dedicated themselves to cybersecurity and to the CISA mission.”

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