Earlier this year, President Obama released a mandate as part of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), calling on the General Services Administration (GSA) to create contract vehicles to assist agencies to find the cybersecurity services they need. As a result, the Highly Adaptable Cybersecurity Services (HACS) special item number (SIN) on IT Schedule 70 was created.
The GSA has delayed the final draft of its cyber SIN from its original release on August 12, in hopes to add its new SIN for cybersecurity services to address things like threat hunting and penetration testing. When finalized, the proposal will offer cybersecurity vendors direction to secure a spot under the new SIN 132, which will serve as a one-stop shop for agencies in need of purchasing cybersecurity services.
Issues to be resolved by HACS SIN include:
- Reform GSA methods to offer cybersecurity services through IT Schedule 70
- Provide enhanced visibility and boost access to cybersecurity service offerings
- Allow industry partners to characterize their unique cybersecurity services
During a recent workshop in June, GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said, “Challenges and threats to our security develop quickly – so government has to not only move much faster to respond, we also need to have the tools to get ahead of those threats.”
According to GSA officials, the final cyber SIN is expected to be published by September 12, but with the delay the date will likely be pushed out as needed. If you have questions about the GSA or special item numbers, contact KDuncan & Company for more information.
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