ASHBURN, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Telos® Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world’s most security-conscious organizations, today announced that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide support for its Xacta software applications, which DHS uses to enforce information security policies, track the effectiveness of security programs, and monitor compliance across its enterprise.
“Because of its unique role in the U.S. government, DHS’s information systems must comply with a broad range of security mandates including FedRAMP and NIST RMF, as well as its own policies for security compliance”
In 2012, DHS purchased and implemented Telos’ Xacta Assessment Engine and the continuous monitoring tool Xacta Continuum. Xacta is an enterprise risk management suite of applications that fully automates security authorizations and ensures compliance with rigorous security standards such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF). It also helps DHS to implement FedRAMP workflow and comply with federal cloud security requirements. Xacta has been deployed enterprise-wide systems throughout DHS.
Telos’ Xacta Assessment Engine contains a vast knowledge base of more than 5,000 individual security requirements and associated test procedures, organized and cross-referenced into more than 100 security policies, regulations, and standards. Xacta Continuum provides a holistic view of an organization’s asset compliance posture and actionable reporting metrics for prioritized decision making.
Under its new contract, Telos will continue providing operations and maintenance of Xacta Assessment Engine and Xacta Continuum to provide the agency with the ability to manage and support all DHS and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. Telos will also provide on-site help desk and expertise to assist with process engineering, deployments to meet new regulations, and template development.
“Because of its unique role in the U.S. government, DHS’s information systems must comply with a broad range of security mandates including FedRAMP and NIST RMF, as well as its own policies for security compliance,” said Ben Taylor, vice president, IA Services for Telos. “We look forward to continuing our support of the Department and helping it manage, monitor and track authorizations to operate, plans of action and milestones, control assessments, and ongoing authorizations.”
Telos was the first to operationalize the NIST Risk Management Framework via software. Xacta enables its users to establish a centralized IT risk management platform for enterprise security intelligence; collect extensive IT asset inventory data; detect, identify, and remediate threats to system security; and generate the reports and documentation needed for regulatory compliance.
Xacta has been proven to:
- Get IT systems to compliance up to 70 percent faster
- Streamline assessment and authorization processes for NIST RMF, DoD RMF, CNSS, USGCB/SCAP, GLBA, HIPAA, ISO/IEC 27002, SOX, and more
- Conduct operating system configurations, patch-level analysis and other tests up to 75 percent faster
- Reduce time to research new vulnerabilities by up to 90 percent
- Reduce the time to generate regulatory documentation of IT security procedures by up to 70 percent
- Automate the generation of a security test plan and reduce manual testing time by up to eight work weeks
- Reduce time required for re-assessments by up to 60 percent through continuous monitoring
Telos’ contract with DHS is a multi-year, firm fixed price contract.
About Telos Corporation
Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world’s most security-conscious organizations with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems and information. Telos’ offerings include cyber security solutions and services for IT risk management and information security; secure mobility to protect globally connected organizations; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. Its flagship product suite, Xacta, is an advanced IT governance, risk and compliance (IT GRC) platform with an intuitive interface for managing tasks and configurable executive dashboard for situation awareness. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.telos.com and follow on Twitter @TelosNews.