McAfee Awarded Service Agreement to Deploy Integrated Security Management Solution

 

McAfee’s Solution to Help Drive Continued Deployment of DISA’s
Award Winning Host Based Security System (HBSS)

 

McAfee, Inc. announced a $9.7 million services agreement with Northrop Grumman
Information Systems for fielding and deployment of the Host Based
Security System (HBSS), an extensive security solution for the Secret
Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet).

The HBSS 3.0
task order was awarded to Northrop Grumman Corporation via the Air
Force Network-Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) contract. Northrop Grumman
Information Systems is the prime contractor and holder of the NETCENTS
contract with the US Air Force Combat Information Transport System
(CITS) Program Management Office.

SIPRNet is the
communications backbone of the Department of Defense (DoD) that
facilitates the exchange of classified tactical and operational
information at the SECRET classification level for the Air Force and
other branches of the Armed Services.

Under the terms of
the agreement, McAfee will deploy the Defense Information Systems
Agency’s (DISA) Host Based Security System (HBSS) solution which
provides desktops, servers and laptops across the DoD with the McAfee
Host Intrusion Prevention Systems (McAfee HIPS) signature and
behavioral protection, and a system firewall.

McAfee
HIPS is the underlying technology, and an integral component, of the
DISA HBSS solution, which monitors, detects, and counters against known
cyber-threats to the DoD’s enterprise architecture.

“The
U.S. Air Force has enhanced its cyber security infrastructure through
its worldwide deployment of HBSS,” said Mike Carpenter, senior vice
president, Public Sector, McAfee. “Given our experience helping DISA
expand HBSS throughout DoD, McAfee can help the Air Force maximize the
full benefits of the HBSS architecture. In addition, this new HBSS
security framework will provide the Air Force with a strong centralized
security management system to provide critical cyber information to the
newly created 24th Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base.”

This deployment also provides the McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, McAfee
Anti-spyware Enterprise and McAfee Policy Auditor solutions to enhance
the security of SIPRNet and measure system security compliancy. This
new capability will provide the U.S. Air Force with a consolidated
enterprise security management and reporting system for increased cyber
situational awareness.

This contract is a follow on to a
Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) contract with
the U.S. Air Force CITS Program Management Office that was rapidly
deployed by McAfee and Northrop Grumman in the second half of 2008. The
NIPRNet roll out of HBSS for the U.S. Air Force was a great success
that deployed to over 500,000 hosts in a six month period. This was the
largest and fastest single McAfee HIPS deployment that McAfee has
undertaken to date worldwide.

HBSS, the largest IT
security deployment within the DoD, provides multi-layered threat
protection for more than five million DoD host platforms such as
servers, desktops, and laptops in accordance with the Enterprise-wide
Information Assurance and computer Network Defense Solutions Steering
Group. The HBSS solution will provide Air Force with integrated
security capabilities such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, host intrusion
prevention, remediation and security policy auditing for these host
platforms.

McAfee HIPS also supports McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator
(McAfee ePO) management framework, a dedicated security management
console, the first-ever to manage security postures maintained by other
security solution providers. Under McAfee ePO Air Force network
administrators can keep this protection up to date, configure and
enforce security policies, and monitor security status from one
centralized console.

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise will
provide the Air Force with superior, comprehensive threat protection
for every system and at every level — from desktops, file servers,
e-mail servers, and Internet gateways, to remote and wireless devices.
McAfee Anti-spyware Enterprise uses unique on-access scanning to
identify, proactively block, and safely eliminate spyware and other
potentially unwanted programs.

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