Monday, June 15, 2009

Verizon Wins Managed Trusted IP Contract from General Services Administration

Verizon Business was awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration to provide Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) under the federal Networx Universal program. The GSA developed MTIPS to help agencies comply with the Office of Management and Budget's Trusted Internet Connections initiative, which mandates that agencies use fewer and more secure Internet connections.

Verizon Business is a prime contactor under Networx Universal, which is scheduled to run through 2017.

MTIPS is designed to significantly enhance the security of federal agency IP traffic. Verizon Business said its offering uses secure IP portals meeting Federal Informational Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) requirements for highly secure environments, providing a full suite of embedded security services such as managed firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, anti-virus and e-mail scanning services, along with connections to the public Internet that are redundant, highly available and scalable.

Verizon Business Private IP service, which is physically separate infrastructure from the public Internet, securely connects federal agencies to the TIC portals. In addition, Verizon Business has incorporated within the MTIPS offering the flexibility for agencies to design and add custom solutions around the basic services.

Verizon Business will manage its MTIPS solution through its Government Network Operations and Security Centers (GNOSCs) so that the MTIPS clients are assured that positive and secure operational oversight is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The GNOSCs -- state-of-the-art facilities in Northern Virginia and Cary, N.C. -- were built to government security specifications and are dedicated to supporting the unique security and operational requirements of federal government customers.

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