Partnership to provide next generation security technologies as a managed service
ECS’s wholly owned subsidiary, InfoReliance, and its strategic partner, McAfee, are delivering managed cybersecurity services to the U.S. Army. This next generation platform-as-a-service model will serve to modernize security for about 1.4 million endpoints across the Army’s global infrastructure. The solution will provide near real-time situational awareness while reducing overall costs in the largest endpoint security deployment in the world.
Fairfax and Reston, Va., Sept. 14, 2017– InfoReliance and its strategic partner McAfee have been awarded a managed cybersecurity services contract by the U.S. Army to enhance and modernize host based security and analytic technologies across the Army’s global infrastructure and approximately 1.4 million endpoints.
The five-year, $182 million contract will be managed by InfoReliance and delivered by McAfee.
Under the terms of the contract, InfoReliance and McAfee will implement and operate the Army Endpoint Security System (AESS). The new capabilities are delivered under a fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) model that delivers near real-time situational awareness on a global basis. The new platform will minimize the Army’s attack surface, increase endpoint protection and drive the automation of key reporting metrics to the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Scorecard.
“This award is the outcome of years of strategic efforts implementing McAfee solutions that advance the security defenses and response capabilities of our customers and delivering them as a service,” said Aaron M. Faulkner, chief strategy officer for InfoReliance. “Our focus in cybersecurity is absolute, and we are humbled by the trust and confidence placed in us by the Army and our partner McAfee.”
The solution will feature adaptive, real-time threat detection and response through McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) that leverages the McAfee Data Exchange Layer (DXL) to combine threat information sources and instantly share threat data. New strains of malware will be automatically identified using cutting-edge technologies, isolated and immunized against, based on their behavioral characteristics, without compromising a single system in the process. Significantly, through the OpenDXL initiative, the McAfee DXL is now open not only to partners but also to software developers in any organization who want a unified and secure messaging fabric to integrate security technologies.
“The McAfee solutions the Army has chosen represent a whole new way of looking at government security operations, ensuring timely and continuous access to modern technology so they can innovate at the pace of the adversary,” said Ken Kartsen, vice president of federal at McAfee. “We’re proud the Army has selected our dynamic endpoint threat defense combined with automated indicator of compromise (IOC) threat intelligence sharing enabled by McAfee DXL, allowing the Army to protect against more threats, faster, and with fewer resources.”
The managed solution provides the Army with McAfee’s most advanced endpoint security technologies, analytics, expertise and process integrations, enabling global visibility of Army endpoints and substantially stronger cyber protection, detection and incident response. The solution is inclusive of all required infrastructure, such as servers and storage, and hosted at Army-provided datacenters.
Expected capabilities and outcomes once fully implemented will include:
- Real-time endpoint visibility and control globally, providing instantaneous asset management, data loss prevention, security hygiene, detection and response capabilities in seconds.
- Increased endpoint security protection profiles that combine traditional protections as well as advanced protections like dynamic whitelisting, machine learning and application containment into a single-agent platform that can be rapidly updated as new technologies and protections are added to the platform.
- DoD Cyber Scorecard dashboard, an automated system to collect data and normalize it for correlation, benchmarking and comprehensive reporting.
- Automated IOC sharing with advanced zero-day detection and countermeasures to protect against the most elusive threats and polymorphic malware.
- OpenDXL architecture, eliminating vendor lock and providing an ecosystem for integration of security tools and sensors.
- Rationalized endpoint security operations to a single provider, reducing costs, and delivered against contractual service level agreements.
- Cloud-ready platform capable of delivering automatic security, instantaneous visibility, and specialized protections for traditional endpoints as well as public and private clouds.
The competitive acquisition was done through the NASA SEWP V government-wide acquisition contract and awarded through SEWP Solutions LLC, a joint venture owned and operated by InfoReliance LLC. This award is a capstone contract for InfoReliance and solidifies its leadership position delivering managed solutions as-a-service for enterprise government and commercial customers in cloud computing and cybersecurity.
InfoReliance LLC delivers technology solutions across the public sector and commercial industries. Our highly-focused mission is to solve our customers’ complex business problems and provide them with optimal and sustainable business value. InfoReliance accomplishes this by leveraging its expertise in the development of cloud computing, cybersecurity, and custom software engineering solutions. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, InfoReliance LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of ECS. For more information, visit www.inforeliance.com.
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