TMF grants $94 million for network security projects

TMF grants  million for network security projects

The Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) today Announced $94.94 million in new project funding to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to advance network security projects.

The latest round of funding will help agencies modernize their networks and implement zero-trust security architectures through investments of $64 million from USDA, $26.95 million from DHS, and $3.99 million from the FTC.

“This administration is on a path to aggressively invest in defenses and shift from outdated perimeter-based defenses to a ‘zero trust’ approach that confronts the capabilities and intentions of our adversaries,” said federal CIO and chair of the board of TMF, Clare Martorana. “These investments will implement strong multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, rapidly detect and contain adversary activity, and continuously identify and remediate vulnerabilities.”

“TMF is again making investments in smart technology that will improve efficiency, boost cyber security and deliver better results for taxpayers,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “The TMF is showing that government can harness technology to positively impact people’s lives, from support systems that help people experiencing food insecurity to ensuring first responders can quickly share information.”

The TMF received a $1 billion infusion from Congress last year and has now made investments totaling more than $500 million. While some of those awards are for projects to improve services to citizens, more than half of them have been for projects related to cybersecurity, including work on and awards to individual agencies for Internet security projects. zero trust.

USDA Network Update

The $64 million in network modernization funding from the US Department of Agriculture (USDANet) will help the agency build a reliable and secure network that can support all USDA program offices and services. The investment will reduce the number of USDA legacy networks from 17 to one, resulting in an estimated cost savings of $734 million.

In addition, the funding will boost the speed and cybersecurity of program offices, such as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which play a vital role in the distribution of security data. dietary and nutritional benefits to Americans. .

USDANet will provide enhanced network security and a faster path to Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 standards and zero-trust security architectures.

“The USDANet modernization project allows USDA to continue and build on its customer-focused IT modernization efforts that deliver better performance for better value,” said Gary Washington, USDA chief information officer. “It will also increase the reliability of USDANet and act as an enabler to protect and operate the US agricultural supply chain.”

DHS Cloud Modernization

The $26.95 million investment in DHS will allow the agency to modernize the DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) service to a cloud-native platform. The HSIN was forced to manage growth in excess of 200 percent during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, exposing its limitations.

The new platform will be able to scale to meet peak demand in times of emergency, while also providing a more secure platform for information sharing among first responders, law enforcement, the private sector and government partners.

FTC Security Operations Center

The $3.99 million investment in the FTC will help the agency acquire a security operations center as a service (SOCaaS) to implement a zero-trust architecture.

The project will allow the FTC to accelerate its implementation of SOCaaS by using trusted security services and cloud service providers to better protect sensitive data. With the support of the TMF, the FTC will be able to reduce the risk of bad actors executing a cyber attack and improve its response time to indicators of cyber incidents.

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