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Georgia’s National Guard Unit Wants Some Help Prepping for a Big Cyber Test

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The Georgia Army National Guard has a cyber readiness inspection coming up and wants a contractor to spend the summer helping it get ready.

The Georgia Army National Guard is gearing up for an inspection of its cyber posture and is looking for a contractor to provide technical assistance as it prepares.

The guard unit plans to upgrade its IT systems ahead of the review and needs assistance with “network configuration, server administration and information assurance,” according to a solicitation on the government contracting site FedBid.

“The objective of this contract is to provide skill and expertise in order to successfully pass the [Command Cyber Readiness Inspection],” according to the performance work statement. “This work will be performed to bring the [Georgia Army National Guard] into compliance with current DOD network security standards.”

Specifically, the unit is looking for a network engineer, security engineer and data center engineer, all with experience and certifications for Cisco products. The network and security engineers will be tasked with working on some classified networks and will need the appropriate security clearances. The data center engineer will only be working on sensitive but unclassified networks.

The performance work statement also includes a detailed breakdown of what would be expected from each of these subject matter experts.

Three days after the start of the contract, the winning vendor will be expected to provide recommendations on needed changes to the network, data center and security program, as well the order in which that work should be prioritized. Those plans should then be updated weekly and submitted to the contracting officer along with a progress report.

The work will run from May 21 to the end of September.

The Georgia Guard is looking for a quick turnaround on this solicitation. It was posted to FedBizOps May 11, with responses due by 11:30 a.m. May 15.

Aaron Boyd is a Senior Editor for Nextgov, where this article was originally published.

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