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Booz Allen Hamilton Awarded $621 Million DHS Cyber Contract

Technology consulting firm Booz Allen has been awarded a $621 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) Program.

Created help defend Federal IT networks from cyber threats, the CDM program was designed to provide continuous monitoring sensors (tools), diagnosis, mitigation tools, dashboards, and Continuous Monitoring as a Service (CMaaS).

The program is the result of the executive order from President Barack Obama which requires the DHS to ensure unclassified government networks are scanned constantly for threats, defended from attacks, and regularly audited to be compliant with computer security rules.

For more than two years, Booz Allen says that it has helped 13 Federal Agencies deploy cybersecurity tools to protect four million computers through DHS CDM efforts.

According to Booz Allen, the new contract will extend across the three current and possible future CDM Phases and is part of the larger DEFEND Program, which has a total value of up to $3.4 billion. 

McLean, Virginia-based Booz Allen has more than 24,000 employees globally, and annual revenue of approximately $5.8 billion.

Related: Is the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program Enough?

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.