Due to COVID-19 delays, SEC to award Security Operations Center follow-on contract

“Task Order SECHQ115F0010, with Accenture Federal Services, LLC, provides SEC Office of Information Technology (OIT), Security Operations Center (SOC) with expert services for cybersecurity operations in the areas of incident response, threat intelligence and enterprise security infrastructure support.

The Security Operations Center (SOC) operates and maintains the security technologies used to defend against cyber-attacks such as intrusion detection/prevention systems (IDS/IPS), firewalls, data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities, security information and event management, and incident case management systems. The SOC also maintains situational awareness of current and emerging cyber-threats targeting SEC interests and implements counter measures as appropriate.

This action to extend the current task order for Security Operations Center (SOC) support to accomplish the activities listed in Section 3 of this document, to allow for reasonable and responsible re-procurement of this requirement on a competitive basis.”

“The SEC requires specialized services in the short-term, while broader requirements are incorporated to modernize the support moving forward and allow for responsible re-procurement of the SOC requirements via competitive means. The following activities are estimated to require a total of eighteen (18) months, subject to actual completion dates of the listed milestones.

  • Estimated four (4) months for completion: o
  • Onboard and evaluate efficacy of third-party managed detection and response (MDR) functionality as a means to potentially reduce requirements for ST personnel.
  • Collect detailed metrics for supported infrastructure
  • Determine contract location and move certain SOC-support services performed by contractors
  • Estimated six (6) months for completion:
  • Revise procurement strategy and SOO based on evaluation of data from previous steps
  • Evaluate Potential target acquisition model
  • Estimated six (6) months for completion: o Follow-on competitive procurement
  • Transition

The estimated value is $12,600,000.00.”

“The plan to recompete and establish a new contract were in-progress in 2019. Request for Information (RFI) and responses were received in August 2019. Based on the responses, the requirements were being revised and procurement strategy developed. The initial plan was to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) and issue a single award to the best value vendor. However, COVID-19 forced reconsideration of requirements and procurement strategy.”

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