By Jason Miller
February 12, 2008
The Federal Aviation Administration wants to become a shared-services
provider under the Security Line of Business initiative.
In a market survey released on FedBizOpps.gov last week, FAA asked for
support services for a leading edge cybersecurity management center.
FAA wants vendors to provide comments through the market survey on its
draft statement of work.
Officials leading the Security LOB recently said a shared-services
concept for incident response reporting is one approach to ensuring
agencies have these functions and they are standard across the
FAA is asking for comments on 11 functional areas including:
* A ramp-up in staffing to establish a duty officer presence beyond
the current watch officer presence and increasing duty analyst
* A focused effort in integrating somewhat disparate hardware
platforms and applications.
* Data and technology integration toward the creation of the
Transportation Departments Center of Excellence.
* Developing the capability to perform event correlation, data
reduction and anomalous event detection.
* Providing guidance for and understanding of the
* Providing a situational awareness and an up-to-date snapshot of
cyber events that are ongoing within the world of cybersecurity.
* Providing an understanding of the alerts issued by the commercial
FAA will hold a vendor day Feb. 22 in Leesburg, Va., and comments on the
draft statement of work are due by Feb. 21.
The Computer Security Management Centers goal of achieving information
assurance is accomplished by implementing layered defense methodologies
by performing vulnerability assessment, compliance verification,
security patch and virus notification, intrusion detection, incident
handling and assistance with cyber disaster recovery, agencywide, the
draft statement of work states. The CSMC is expanding and continuously
maturing. Toward that end, this statement of work covers not only the
goals and objectives [of the program], but describes the support effort
necessary to move CSMC to the next level in becoming a world-class
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