ThreatConnect, provider of the industry’s only intelligence-driven security operations platform, is proud to announce that it has been added to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program’s (CDM) approved product list for Network Security Management.
The CDM program fortifies the cybersecurity of federal departments and agencies and is designed to provide them with capabilities and solutions to monitor real-time network vulnerabilities and threats.
ThreatConnect’s approval for “What is happening on the network?” on the CDM APL enables agencies to leverage ThreatConnect for Dynamic and Evolving Federal Network Defense (DEFEND), which is intended to provide increased access to cyber capabilities into the future.
The ThreatConnect Platform easily integrates with an organization’s existing security products, intel feeds, and enrichment tools to enable agencies to use the Platform as the central hub for its entire security infrastructure.
With ThreatConnect, agencies will have the foundation for making accountable, intelligence-based security decisions enabling them to achieve the triple aim of improved defense, enhanced infrastructure utilization, and security program cost reduction.
“We couldn’t be more excited about being included on this very short and impressive list,” said Adam Vincent, ThreatConnect CEO.
“The approval process is an arduous one, and we are proud to be recognized as one of a select few to provide a solution that federal agencies can rely on to help protect them.”
In September 2018, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued new guidance related to Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA). It specifically mentions that CDM currently provides agencies with “a cost-effective and efficient strategy for achieving government-wide information security continuous monitoring goals.”
Agencies may still acquire tools outside of CDM, but they will be required to provide “sufficient justification” if they are not aligned with CDM and DEFEND. Because ThreatConnect is on CDM’s approved list, the arduous justification process is alleviated, thus making implementation for agencies quicker and easier.
The CDM program enables government entities to expand their continuous diagnostic capabilities by increasing their network sensor capacity, automating sensor collections, and prioritizing risk alerts. CDM program objectives are to:
- Reduce agency threat surface
- Increase visibility into the federal cybersecurity posture
- Improve federal cybersecurity response capabilities
- Streamline FISMA reporting
CDM’s goal is to help agencies identify risks, prioritize them based on potential impacts, and enable mitigation of the most significant problems first. The program provides cybersecurity tools, integration services, and dashboards to participating federal agencies to support them in improving their respective security postures.
CDM efforts with Network Security Management and Data Protection Management are designed to take the program to the next level with more advanced capabilities, including cloud security, network access controls, and data protection.
“What is happening on the network?” or Network Security Management, includes incident response monitoring, audit data collection, ongoing assessment monitoring, risk assessment, design, development, and deployment.
ThreatConnect is available through Carahsoft Technology, The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, on its GSA Schedule 70 No. GS-35F-0119Y, NASA SEWP contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B, additional state and local contracts, and cooperative purchasing agreements.
“ThreatConnect’s addition to the approved products list is a great sign of trust in their intelligence-driven security operations platform from the CDM program,” said Patrick Gallagher, Senior Vice President at Carahsoft.
“As attackers become more sophisticated and resourceful, a threat intelligence strategy is critical for staying ahead of new vulnerabilities and vectors before they make headlines. We look forward to working with our Federal customers, reseller partners and ThreatConnect to ensure their IT environments remain secure and their missions continue without disruption.”