State Department Releases RFI for Cloud Mission Support

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The State Department is turning to the private sector for more information on leveraging managed security services with each of its cloud architectures, including Software As A Service (SAAS), Platform As A Service (PAAS), and Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS).In a Sept. 14 request for information (RFI) posted on Beta.Sam.Gov, the Department of State explained it has made substantial investments in migrating software, services, and IT operations to cloud service providers (CSPs). A handful of State Department’s component agencies – the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), Directorate of Cyber and Technology Security (CTS), Office of Cyber Monitoring and Operations (CMO) – are seeking to identify managed security services technical capabilities and conduct market research.

Specifically, they are looking for more information on the following areas for a multi-cloud environment:

Providing managed security services to cloud platforms, to include:
centralized information technology (IT) security event monitoring and incident detection/response capabilities;
incident detection to facilitate timely responses to cyber threats preventing widespread propagation of malicious activity;
threat information collection and analysis with the cloud environment, potentially augmented with USG provided threat intelligence;
threat and vulnerability analysis to ensure systems protection from internal and external threats that would compromise the confidentiality, …

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