Booz Allen Hamilton confirmed today its selection as prime contractor under the Federal government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program for Group D Federal agencies, which include the General Services Administration, the departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Postal Service.

The task order totals $1.03 billion including a base year and five one-year options, said Booz Allen, which noted the deal is its largest Federal task order and the second-largest cybersecurity task order in the firm’s history.

MeriTalk reported the contract win on July 30 based on contracting information on GSA’s Federal Procurement Data System.  Task orders typically remain open for potential protest prior to their official announcement.

The CDM Program allows Federal agencies to purchase monitoring-as-a-service to help safeguard their networks and identify cybersecurity risks. Legislation introduced last month by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, would codify the program into law.

The Group D contract is Booz Allen’s second award under CDM DEFEND, having also won the Group B task order in February that provides up to $621 million for the Departments of Energy, Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Personnel Management.

Booz Allen said today that the Group D and Group B contract covers nearly 80 percent of the Federal government’s “.gov” enterprise, including 4.1 million network addressable devices, more than 1.75 million users, over 19,700 sites, and 89 Federal organizations.

“DHS has defined an elegant roadmap for 15 major CDM capabilities – ranging from Network Access Control to Privilege Management to Cloud Security,” said Rob Allegar, a Booz Allen vice president and lead for the firm’s CDM work, in a statement. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with them as a cyber solutions provider, and to bring new capabilities that collect, process, and act on real-time cyber data.”

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John Curran is MeriTalk's Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.