It would be wildly unrealistic to imagine that the recent reports of cyber attacks on U.S. government agencies would dwindle and go quietly into the night. Based on disclosures back in early June, Bill Culhane published our opening analysis of public sector entities seeking to address the serious issues.
Now, we research and report on what has been happened since our initial study. For a reference, the below data was used in support of our June analysis.
As you likely know, Katherine Archuleta, OPM Director, resigned from her post last week. In large part, this was attributable to the bipartisan call for her removal. As CNN reported, the OPM government data breach impacted 21.5 million. Archuleta’s ouster was but another event on the extensive timeline of cyber attacks. For me, this highlights the question, “What comes next?” I’m certain that I, along with the 21.5 million people impacted, including many others, want answers on what is being done to combat this problem.
As to be expected, a preponderance of the news has considered the ramifications related to the federal government. However, the execution and/or threat of cyber attacks, hacking, etc., continues to be a reality germane to every level of government. Look at the origin of the below bid / RFP requests. It isn’t just those inside the Beltway who need to be vigilant.
We returned to our database and established that government bid activity for Information Technology solutions, particularly for network security-related hardware, applications, and support is reaching a zenith. Since our original examination thirty days ago, we have pinpointed 224 government bids and government RFPs, published involving information technology in the month of June 2015.
A substantial number of the requests are for solutions and services specific to data and infrastructure defense. As it has become typical in the realm of government bids, many of these bid requests have a short turnaround from issuance to award of contract.
We will continue to monitor this situation and applicable government contract activity. If you have any input, questions, or opinions, let us know.
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