Cybersecurity Acquisition Vehicle Coming

The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced their intentions to add another SIN to the GSA Schedule 70 – “Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS)”. The new SIN will be broken down into three categories for security services — proactive, reactive, and remediation.

“We’re not putting together a vehicle for GSA. We’re putting it together for you. Tell us what it is that you need,” said Shon Lyublanovits, manager of the governmentwide IT Security Category and director of GSA’s Security Services Division.

GSA announced at a recent industry day that the SIN will go live September 12th, 2016. GSA has issued a Request For Information (RFI) for the HACS SIN, the second released in the past year in an attempt to create a singular platform for government officials to procure cybersecurity products and services.

The vehicle may be hard to come by for contracts as awards may be few and far between, “We don’t just want to have a SIN where just anyone can get on it,” Lyublanovits said. “I’m just going to be honest with you. We want to offer best-in-class to the federal government.”

This new vehicle SIN will give government customers the chance to acquire products and services to help meet President Obama’s $19 billion Cybersecurity National Action Plan.

“We want to make sure that at any point in time they know all the things they need to do to acquire the services they need to mitigate a breach or combat in a way that makes sense,” said Giovanni Onwuchekwa, a branch chief of programs and analysis for the Office of IT Schedule Programs at GSA.

Companies trying to differentiate themselves from competition need only look to security certifications like FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria in order to prove product hardening. These certifications not only help place you above your competitors, but also provide third party assurance and validation to GSA that your product has undergone the most stringent of security testing.

Contact Corsec to get started on your validation and certification.