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Five vendors nab $135 million Navy contract

The Space and Naval Warfare Command in San Diego last month awarded contracts to five vendors totaling more than $135 million for engineering and technical support services to the Navy's submarine and satellite fleet.

Spawar made the awards under the Precepts Open Architecture contract, which calls for upgrades to the multimedia communications systems used aboard the Navy's submarines and satellite platforms.

Winners of the contract included Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc., Science Applications International Corp., Logicon Syscon Inc., Predicate Logic Inc. and Visicom Laboratories Inc. Each vendor won contracts ranging from $24 million to almost $32 million.


WorldCom awarded DISN Interim ATM

The Defense Department this month awarded WorldCom Inc., Vienna, Va., a $9.3 million contract to provide DOD's managed health care installations with commercial Asynchronous Transfer Mode communications services on an interim basis.

Under the Defense Information System Network Interim ATM Services contract, WorldCom will install DS-3 communications links at 43 Tricare medical locations and four future sites. DS-3 service provides the equivalent bandwidth of 28 T-1s, each operating at 1.55 megabits/sec. WorldCom also will install five DS-3 gateways between the Tricare sites and other DOD private ATM networks.

The contract will run for one six-month base period and will carry two six-month option periods.


Army to deploy ISS security products

The Army has selected security software from Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems Inc. to be deployed at more than 400 Army facilities worldwide, including headquarters, regional and installation base locations.

The Army will use ISS' RealSecure to protect its information-based systems and worldwide networks from external attacks and unauthorized use. RealSecure is a 24-hour network monitoring and intrusion-detection system that the Army will use to deploy an enterprisewide information assurance and command and control system. The Army system is designed to adapt to changing threat and risk conditions and to detect and respond to network attacks before any damage is done.

"The deployment of ISS' intrusion- detection and response system will play a critical role in minimizing the security risks to the U.S. Army's information systems," said Phillip Loranger, a chief in the Army's Information Assurance Office. "After thorough operational and technical testing of various intrusion-detection systems, we selected Real-

Secure due to its superior level of real-time attack recognition, management capabilities and ease of use."

RealSecure analyzes packets of information as they travel across the network and is designed to recognize hostile activity by interpreting network traffic patterns that indicate attacks. When an attack is recognized, an administrator is automatically alerted via e-mail, and an alarm is displayed on the central management console. In addition, the attack can be terminated automatically, logged to a database or recorded for later forensic analysis.


VeriSign purchases SecureIT

VeriSign Inc. announced last week that it acquired SecureIT, an Internet security services firm.

Officials from Mountain View, Calif.-based VeriSign, which markets digital certificate and public-key infrastructure services, said the acquisition will extend VeriSign's leadership in providing enterprises with fully operational digital certificate and PKI solutions. VeriSign issued approximately 1.6 million shares of VeriSign common stock to purchase all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Atlanta-based SecureIT.

SecureIT delivers a range of Internet security services— including architectural consulting, integration, testing and education— which are designed to enable enterprises to deploy secure electronic commerce and communications applications. VeriSign's federal government customers include the FBI, the Energy Department, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Social Security Administration, the Agriculture Department, the Air Force, the Navy and the Army.


J.G. Van Dyke offers network modeling product

J.G. Van Dyke & Associates this month introduced a new network modeling tool designed to allow administrators to manage networks for specific performance needs, agency goals and budgetary considerations.

NVisionIT provides a "quick look" network analysis or a clear view of the performance of a single server or an entire multilayered network.

It is designed to provide answers from a technical perspective as well as from a management perspective, allowing users to make performance-driven decisions about their networks and network needs.

NVisionIT is the core modeling tool being used by several federal agencies, including the State Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. It has proved especially useful in lowering telecommunication system costs by providing specific, factual data on how the current network is performing and what is needed to ensure performance improvements or changes, according to Van Dyke officials.

-- Compiled by Heather Harreld and Dan Verton.


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