An effort to help government agencies zero in on relevant cyber vendors is underway.
The General Services Administration is now using a special item number to tag vendors specializing in services such as penetration testing, incident response and vulnerability assessment. As of Thursday, 15 vendors have been approved under the Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services section of the IT Schedule 70, a list of companies pre-vetted to sell tech services to the government.
Now, agencies can create blanket purchase agreements with those 15 vendors or place individual own task orders, according to a GSA blog post.
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The first 15 vendors were selected after "oral technical evaluations," GSA's IT Category Manager Mary Davie wrote in a blog post.
The new SINs could help agencies "test their high-priority IT systems, rapidly address potential vulnerabilities, and stop adversaries before they impact our networks,” she wrote.
It's not just for federal buyers—the SINs are available for services sold to state, local and tribal groups.
GSA has been working with the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the selected vendors meet high cybersecurity standards and will continue to evaluate more potential awardees.