DISA picks 3 for enterprise antivirus
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Sep 18, 2002
The Defense Information Systems Agency last week awarded contracts to a trio of vendor teams for a Defense Department and Coast Guard enterprise antivirus software initiative.
The following companies were awarded contracts Sept. 13 to help protect more than 3 million DOD computers from viruses for users at work and at home:
* Network Associates Inc.
* Northrop Grumman Information Technology, with partner Symantec Corp.
* Government Technology Solutions Inc. (gTech) with partner Trend Micro Inc.
All three awards are for one base year with four, one-year options. The Network Associates and Northrop Grumman IT deals are valued at $16.5 million, and the gTech award is potentially worth $4.6 million if all options are exercised.
Under terms of its contract, Network Associates will provide DOD users with multitiered protection at all four layers of the network by deploying:
* McAfee Security's VirusScan software for desktop protection.
* McAfee's NetShield software for file server protection.
* McAfee's GroupShield software for e-mail servers.
* McAfee's WebShield software for Internet gateway protection.
DISA has also selected McAfee's VirusScan Wireless, which protects handheld devices from viruses locally and during synchronization with a PC, according to the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company.
The new contract replaces the current DOD Anti-Virus Software Initiative license agreement with Network Associates, but unlike the previous license agreement, this award offers DOD home users comprehensive coverage, including desktop firewall protection.
McAfee Security is a product division of Network Associates.