Department of Homeland Security Selects Booz Allen as Prime Contractor on $621M Task Order to Enhance Cybersecurity Across Federal Government
Cyber-attacks against government networks are growing more sophisticated, frequent and dynamic. To tackle the constantly evolving challenge of protecting the United States from these attacks, DHS established the CDM Program in 2012, which envisioned a flexible approach to strengthen the cybersecurity of every computer network and system in the Government. In 2015, Booz Allen (NYSE: BAH) was among the first awarded multiple contracts to partner with DHS and to implement the ambitious CDM Program. Within this first Phase, Booz Allen integrated foundational cybersecurity solutions that spanned 80 percent of the .gov enterprise and gave the 13 participating departments and agencies unprecedented visibility into their networks.
DHS has now selected Booz Allen as the first prime contractor under the next chapter of the CDM Program to continue driving its implementation with a $621 million single-award, six-year task order.
“We’re thrilled to grow our partnership with Department of Homeland Security in their critical mission to protect the United States and its citizens from cybersecurity threats,” said Marcie Nagel, a Booz Allen principal and leader of the firm’s CDM work. “Our work will expand into new areas of cybersecurity, like incident response and automation. This work aims to help these federal departments and agencies leverage new capabilities that will ultimately empower our clients to defend their networks faster with more flexibility and greater visibility into the network itself.”
The new contract will extend across the three current and possible future CDM Phases and is part of the larger DEFEND Program, which has a total value of up to $3.4 billion. The CDM DEFEND program will focus on reducing the Federal Government’s threat surface by delivering innovative solutions that adapt to dynamic Agency environments and combat the latest cyber adversaries. This critical mission to develop and deploy next-generation cyber capabilities will be led by a strong partnership between DHS, the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) within the Government Services Administration and the task order’s seven participating Agencies.
“The cybersecurity threats facing government agencies today are growing increasingly dynamic and sophisticated, making them more challenging to defend against,” said Brad Medairy, a Booz Allen senior vice president and leader of the firm’s Civil cyber business. “We are well positioned to help in this fight, applying experiences that our analysts, threat hunters and engineers gain by working on the cutting edge of cybersecurity. We are embedded in the nation’s most important missions and will continue to help drive toward innovative solutions like CDM to make the world a safer place in the face of ever-evolving cyber threats.”
Booz Allen will apply deep cyber expertise, with strong systems engineering and technical management processes, combined with leading-edge commercial tools to help protect our nation against cyber-attacks. To learn more about Booz Allen’s cyber capabilities, visit www.BoozAllen.com/Cyber. To learn more about DHS’ CMD program, visit www.DHS.gov/CDM.
About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than one hundred years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise.
With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs approximately 24,225 people globally, and had revenue of $5.80 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2017. To learn more, visit www.boozallen.com.
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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market to Reach $835.0M by 2022 Military and Defense Segments Will Fuel Growth, Especially in North America
Growing demand for underwater surveys, the inspection of submerged structures, undersea mapping and undersea cable laying is helping to boost the global market for autonomous underwater vehicles, according to a first-ever report by BCC Research.
The global market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% through 2022, when the sector could be worth $835 million, according to the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Global Markets to 2022.
- Commercial applications lead the market in size, with a projected 2022 value of $537.2 million. Military and defense applications will lead the market in growth, with a compound annual growth rate through 2022 of 6.1%.
- Lightweight class autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) will lead the market in value through 2022, with a projected market totaling $366.7 million in 2022. Heavyweight class AUVs will lead the market in growth, with a projected compound annual growth rate through 2022 of 5.7%.
- In the military and defense segment, growth will be led by the force protection subsegment, which has a projected compound annual growth rate of 7.5% through 2022. By size, antisubmarine warfare will be the leading subsegment, with a projected 2022 value of $61.9 million.
“AUVs are fast becoming accepted as highly useful data gathering platforms within the worldwide marine science community, as both the range and depth envelopes are being pushed by developments in battery technology, propulsive efficiency and pressure vessel technologies,” said BCC Research analyst and report author B.L. Gupta. “It is already accepted that AUVs can provide substantial benefits in data quality and cost, in, for example, geophysical surveys for oil and gas exploration. But within the science community, there is the perception that AUVs are expensive, complex and risky to use.”
North America Will Continue to Lead the Global Market
Market data suggest that North America will continue to dominate global AUV expenditures, with military unmanned technology leading the way. In 2017, North America accounted for nearly 40% of the global AUV market. By 2022, North America’s market share is projected to grow to 42.3% of the global market. By 2022, the value of the North American AUV market is projected to reach $353.1 million. In North America through 2022, the search and salvage market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4% while the use of AUVs to service offshore oil and gas pipelines is projected to grow at 5.1% annually through the period. Other leading growth segments in North America include oceanography (8.6% CAGR), antisubmarine warfare (9.5% CAGR), and mine countermeasures (7.8% CAGR).
Major players in the field mentioned in this report include Allied Vision Technologies, Boston Engineering, Deepwater Buoyancy, Edgetech, Fugro, Gabri, Hydroid, International Submarine Engineering, Klein Marine Systems, Lockheed Martin, Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding, National Oceanography Centre, Oceaneering International, Paroscientific, Sea-Bird Scientific and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, among others.
About BCC Research
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BAAR, Switzerland – Feb. 6, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, is the first freight forwarder to collaborate on a Maersk-IBM solution to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade by using blockchain technology to manage and track container shipments.
Agility has agreed to identify events associated with individual shipments and to share and receive information about them via the distributed ledger blockchain technology developed by IBM and Maersk.
Agility’s goal is to reduce costs and increase shipping efficiency by integrating information about shipments onto a secure platform accessible to shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and others in the supply chain.
“Blockchain technology is going to make shipping cheaper, safer and more reliable. As early adopters, companies like Agility can help Maersk and IBM understand the needs of shippers and develop standards that will make trade more efficient,” said Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics. “We can help customers understand how to use blockchain to improve shipment visibility, eliminate paperwork, reduce errors, and shorten transit and clearance times.”
Blockchain is a secure, immutable and tamper-resistant ledger that can be used to track shipments, documentation and payment transactions. Its digital infrastructure can connect parties in the supply chain, giving them access to information and real-time visibility based on their level of permission.
Documentation and administration are estimated to be one-fifth of the $1.8 trillion spent annually to move goods across borders. In addition to showing the location of containers in transit, blockchain can show the status of customs documents, bills of lading and other documentation. It can improve workflow, cut processing costs and enhance visibility by integrating shipping processes and partners.
Customs and border authorities can use the technology to improve the information available for risk analysis, leading to increased safety and security as well as greater efficiency in border inspection clearance.
“For Agility, it’s important to be involved early in blockchain and to work with forward-thinking companies like Maersk and IBM,” Al-Saleh said. “Together, we have a lot to learn and share in order to bring the benefits of this technology to shippers and consumers as quickly as possible.”
Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with $4 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.
For more information about Agility, visit www.agility.com
Security clearance granted to companies bidding for port projects, and those taking up dredging work in domestic ports, will be valid for five years, according to the new rules framed by the Centre. At present, the clearance is valid for just three years.
For port projects, the Shipping Ministry will share the list of companies/bidders with the Home, Defence and External Affairs Ministries on a case-by-case basis to seek security inputs. The security agencies will provide the inputs in 12 weeks and price bids will not be opened till security clearance is accorded by the Shipping Ministry.
The Shipping Ministry will also separately prepare and circulate a list of all Indian and foreign companies who normally bid for port projects to the security agencies. The agencies will provide their inputs to the ministry in 12 weeks.
Once the Shipping Ministry gives security clearance to a company for a port project — based on inputs from the relevant ministries/departments/organisations — it is valid for five years unless there is a change in management control and change of more than 10 per cent in shareholding in the company by any shareholder.
Security clearance accorded to dredging companies will be valid for five years for a particular port only, according to the revised policy.
Approval for any change in equipment or vessel of foreign origin, and clearance to hire foreign personnel, should be obtained from all security agencies.
If a dredging company that has already been cleared seeks to bid for another port project, it will require clearance only from the Defence Ministry/Navy. However, the information regarding award of the dredging project, including particulars of the vessels and the foreign personnel, should be shared with the Home, External Affairs and Defence Ministries. These provisions have to be incorporated in the contract to be signed by major ports trusts with the selected dredging companies.
As more than one-third of India’s shipping trade takes place through non-major ports, security clearance has been made mandatory for the latter. This includes private ports set up in PPP mode and dredging works in the state sector due to the sensitiveness of the port sector, the Shipping Ministry said.
Source: The Hindu Business Line