A new centralized shopping hub for all U.S. federal, state and local agencies to get the tools and expertise for all their cyber security needs will fall into the hands of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The DHS got $6 billion to spend in the next five years in order to make this happen and is currently accepting bids. Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and other big contractors are in the bidding, as well as several big cyber security firms.
The number of companies whose bid DHS will accept will be five at the most.
The program is a direct consequence of President Obama’s February executive order where he wanted DHS to make sure civilian government networks are more resilient to cyber attacks.
And even though it started with civilian government agencies in mind, intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense will also be able to take advantage of it and acquire the software, hardware and the consultancy services offer through it.
One of the main reasons for setting it up was to solve the problem of keeping smaller agencies’ defenses up, as these agencies don’t have a big enough budget to do so by themselves, and to encourage the reporting of information and details of attacks.