Cybersecurity

Homeland Security awards massive cyber contract to ManTech

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded another massive contract to carry out and support a key cybersecurity program.

ManTech announced Wednesday that it had been awarded the $668 million contract, one day after the House passed a bill to codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. The program aims to protect federal government networks from cyberattacks.

The firm will provide support to several government agencies on the CDM program as part of the contract, including the departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development as well the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"ManTech has played a strategic role in the CDM program for over three years, supporting more than 65 agencies in both Phases 1 and 2, and we're honored to continue supporting the CDM program's critical role in defending federal networks," ManTech President and CEO Kevin Phillips said in a statement. "This latest award underscores their confidence in us as a long term trusted partner."

DHS has awarded other major contracts for the CDM program over the past few months. Booz Hamilton Allen landed a $621 million, six-year contract earlier this year, and CGI Federal was granted a $530 million contact in July, partially focused on cloud protections.

CDM was launched in 2012 in an effort to protect the federal government from cyber vulnerabilities, but implementation has been slow to get off the ground.

The House on Tuesday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to codify the CDM program and bring it into its second of four phases. Federal officials have spent the past few years examining federal networks and software for potential vulnerabilities.

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