TELECOM

DHS sets two-pronged approach to EIS adoption

NOTE: This article first appeared on FCW.com. 

The Department of Homeland Security  plans to leverage the federal government's $50 billion next-generation telecommunications contract to modernize its sprawling IT operations, according to the agency's CIO.

This past summer, DHS brought in two vendors to help it work on requirements for the transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Services telecommunications contract, CIO John Zangardi said.

With that input, he said DHS has selected two options for the transition.

The first is a straightforward "like-for-like" option to upgrade telecom circuits, and the second is focused on modernizing end points in the agency's networks using virtualization,  Zangardi said at an ACT-IAC panel on Oct. 5. He said he expects Fair Opportunity contract awards in 2019.

Zangardi is working with the agency's Deputy's Management Action Group, which is composed of deputies from across the agency's components on EIS implementation plans.

"I want to create something [for] the future that is more flexible, sustainable and adaptable as a network architecture," he said during the ACT-IAC presentation.

Among other IT modernization efforts at the agency, Zangardi said he's working on optimizing security operations centers. The agency has 16 SOCs spread across the country. DHS has formed four working groups to examine potential cybersecurity service plans, policies, contracting and optimization tools for the SOCs, he said.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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