CDM program finalizing shared services platform for smaller agencies

DHS's CDM program is close to receiving authorization for a shared services platform to provide cybersecurity support to non-CFO Act agencies.
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The Department of Homeland Security’s continuous diagnostics and mitigation program is close to receiving authorization for a shared services platform to provide cybersecurity support to non-CFO Act agencies, an agency official said.

CDM program manager Kevin Cox said Tuesday officials were awaiting authorization for the platform, which will extend DHS’s cyberdefense program across the executive branch.

“The shared service platform is working to support the smaller agencies to get the sensors out to their environment, but then be able to report back to a multi-tenant agency dashboard that then feeds up to the federal dashboard,” he said at the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s Acquisition Excellence conference.

The platform was one of several initiatives Cox said DHS was currently working on within the CDM program, including establishing data exchanges for network dashboards at cabinet-level agencies to feed information to the larger federal dashboard for better monitoring.


Agency officials detailed the federal dashboard last fall as a way to get a better insight of the activities and devices on federal networks. Cox said he anticipates greater operationalization in the next two months, working with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

“Right now, we have about a quarter of the big cabinet-level agencies assets reporting to the federal dashboard,” he said. “Within the IT modernization report, we have until the end of May to get that full visibility of all of the cabinet-level agencies and the smaller agencies that are participating in the program.”

DHS is also moving forward with its Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program to develop an acquisition plan for its systems integration contracts, utilizing  five- to six- year task orders for IT modernization efforts.

DHS CIO Jeff Eisensmith discussed providing non-CFO Act agencies CDM defenses through a shared services platform back in October, and Cox said it’s the opening salvo in the agency’s shared services plans.

“That is the first step in terms of building shared services across the government. Going forward, we are working with [the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration] exploring other types of shared services we want to offer in the future,” he said.

Carten Cordell

Written by Carten Cordell

Carten Cordell is a Senior Technology Reporter for FedScoop. He is a former workforce and acquisition reporter at Federal Times, having previously served as online editor for Northern Virginia Magazine and Investigative Reporter for, Virginia Bureau. Carten was a 2014 National Press Foundation Paul Miller Fellow and has a Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of Auburn University and promises to temper his passions for college football while in the office.

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