Booz Allen Hamilton Wins $621 Million DHS Cyber Contract

By Joseph Marks

February 5, 2018

The Homeland Security Department granted Booz Allen Hamilton a $621 million, six-year contract Friday to lead the next phase of a major governmentwide cybersecurity program.

Under the program, called Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation, or CDM, Homeland Security provides a suite of cybersecurity tools that help agencies monitor and respond to suspicious activity on their networks. The program feeds alerts about that activity into a central agency dashboard.

Information from those agency dashboards also feeds into a governmentwide dashboard maintained by Homeland Security. All major agencies are expected to be connected to the governmentwide dashboard by the end of this month, officials have said.

The new contract with Booz Allen will expand some CDM offerings, such as automated cybersecurity and incident response, according to a company press release.

Booz Allen began work on the CDM project in 2015.

The cybersecurity threats facing government agencies today are growing increasingly dynamic and sophisticated, making them more challenging to defend against,” Brad Medairy, who leads the company’s civilian cyber business, said in a statement.

By Joseph Marks // Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.

February 5, 2018