The Department of Homeland Security is preparing a request for proposals for a new continuous monitoring program using a cloud computing infrastructure, according to analysis from Deltek’s GovWin blog.
Kyra Kozemchak writes DHS is planning to release the RFP for the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation program and for continuous monitoring-as-a-service sometime between December 2012 and March 2013.
Civilian agencies are the initial targets of these programs, but Kozemchak writes DHS believes they can extend across the entire government.
For the continuous monitoring program, agencies will have to decide between choosing internally operated services, continuous monitoring-as-a-service and cloud provider security services.
According to Deltek, DHS received an additional $183 million through a recent continuing resolution to transform cybersecurity, including implementing the diagnostic and mitigation programs with cloud-based continuous monitoring.
Selected contractors will be responsible for provisioning, securing, monitoring and maintaining the hardware, networks and software, Kozemcak writes.