Tuesday, July 20, 2010

AT&T Wins $350 Million VPN Deal with U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

AT&T Government Solutions was awarded a task order worth up to $350 million to provide Managed Security Services and deploy a VPN for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Data Services. The task order, which was part of the GSA Networx Universal contract vehicle, encompasses a transition to a department-wide managed IP network architecture supporting data services to over 5,000 USDA locations across the country. The USDA has a geographically dispersed network, encompassing over 29 agencies.

In addition to the MPLS-based VPN, AT&T will provide Managed Security services such as Managed Firewall, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Managed e-Authentication Service, Vulnerability Scanning, Anti-Virus Management, Incident Response, Secure Managed e-mail, and Managed Tiered Security Services.

AT&T, the incumbent data carrier for USDA, has been engaged with the Cabinet-level agency for several years. AT&T has deployed sites for the USDA Universal Telecommunications Network (UTN) VPN under the Federal Telecommunications Service 2001 (FTS2001) Crossover contract.