Worth around $10m in total the project will see Veterans Affairs (VA) develop a training programme and course designed to boost the skills of its information security officers.
The organisation also intends to undertake development work on the software its uses to comply with reporting requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). A further object of the systems and infrastructure upgrade is to expand the functionality, security and capabilities the organisation's intranet portal.
Privately-held US firm RSIS was awarded the contract to perform the upgrades through a Blanket Purchasing Agreement (BPA) with the VA Office of Cyber and Information Security (OCIS). Under the terms of the deal the firm will also be responsible for life-cycle operation and maintenance of VA's centralised enterprise antivirus system.
VA provides federal benefits to eight million veterans, their family members and survivors. With a work force of over 225,000 employees, the VA is the largest civilian department in the federal government. The VA's OCIS is responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of veterans' private data; managing the flow of information throughout the enterprise; and ensuring department information systems are protected from fraud, waste, and abuse.