(LiveHacking.com) — The Department of Homeland Security, which was created in response to the September 11 attacks and is tasked with protecting the USA from terrorist attacks, has awarded McAfee (which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel) a multi-year Enterprise Level Agreement contract with a potential value of up to $12 million.
The contract is for the world’s largest dedicated security technology company to provide the DHS with a broad variety of enterprise wide network and system security support, products, and services. This new agreement follows on from a blanket purchase agreement contract McAfee was awarded last year by the same department. These two contracts mark a significant departure in the way federal agencies source security services.
“This deal is a reflection of the advanced level of collaboration that is going on within the Department of Homeland Security,” McAfee Regional Director for Federal Civilian Sales James Yeager said. “DHS is leading the way in terms of how a government agency can collaborate internally in order to craft a holistic, enterprise-wide approach to security, rather than a patchwork, which can leave agencies spending too much for what is ultimately substandard protection.”
To receive the contract, multiple Chief Information Officers within the DHS supported the decision. Since McAfee has served DHS since the department’s inception in 2003, continuing to work with McAfee reflects well on the company.
The deal expands and extends the DHS’s continuous monitoring and security capabilities and provides the department with an enterprise-wide framework to meet current and future security requirements. There are also significant short- and long-term savings on maintenance.