Cybersecurity

GSA retools Schedule 70 for cyber

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Federal technology buyers who use the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 will soon have new options for acquiring cybersecurity services.

GSA set up four special item numbers to cover vendors that provide penetration testing, incident response, cyber hunting, and risk and vulnerability assessment services. Customers seeking those capabilities can now use "pre-vetted support services that will expand agencies' capacity to test their high-priority IT systems, rapidly address potential vulnerabilities and stop adversaries before they impact our networks," GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said.

The addition to Schedule 70 -- the largest, most popular federal acquisition vehicle -- simplifies and speeds access to specific cybersecurity services. Previously, users seeking those services had to sift through the schedule's thousands of products and vendors.

The agency issued a draft solicitation for the services in August, and GSA is starting the process of evaluating suppliers. Schedule 70 customers can expect the new service options to go live on Oct. 1.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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