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DoD Awards GSA SmartBuy/ DoD Enterprise Software Initiative BPA to Telos — Press Release

DoD Awards GSA SmartBuy/ DoD Enterprise Software Initiative BPA to Telos

Agreement Provides Agencies Throughout the Federal Government with Access to Xacta IA Manager and Telos Automated Message Handling System Solutions

ASHBURN, Va. – November 17, 2009 – Telos® Corporation has been awarded a SmartBuy/Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with the Department of Defense (DoD) for Xacta® IA Manager and its Automated Message Handling System (AMHS).  Through the BPA and Telos GSA Schedule, military and civilian agencies can purchase Telos’ software, training and support services with increased ease and at significant discounts from list pricing.  Xacta IA Manager is currently the only certification and accreditation (C&A) automation product available through the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative.

“Telos solutions and services allow enterprises to conduct their affairs securely and with assurance,” said John Wood, chairman and CEO, Telos Corporation. “Agencies have easy access to products that can help them to manage their messaging information with efficiency and economy, continuously assess the risk and vulnerability of their systems, and comply with the complex C&A processes required by individual agencies and reporting mandated by Congress.”

Xacta IA Manager is a continuous risk management framework that automates and enforces IT security processes across the enterprise. It combines industry-leading security compliance and continuous risk assessment functionality with powerful process automation to establish a centralized IT governance, risk management and compliance (IT GRC) platform. Xacta IA Manager streamlines and enforces IT security standards and best practices for compliance assessment, continuous risk and sustained compliance management, giving executives and IT personnel rapid access to the information needed for fully informed risk-based decision-making.

Telos Automated Message Handling System (AMHS) is an organizational messaging application that meets official information exchange and organizational messaging requirements for DoD, coalition partners, and other government agencies. AMHS charts the way ahead for official information exchange as requirements for command and control record communications traffic evolve, and unified communications capabilities optimize opportunities for collaboration. While still able to take full advantage of legacy transport infrastructures, AMHS easily adapts to future transport technologies and standards.

The BPA can be used by any agency within the Federal community.

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions.  Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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Telos Selected as Finalist in GSN’s 1st Annual Homeland Security Awards Competition — Press Release

Telos Selected as Finalist in GSN’s 1st Annual Homeland Security Awards Competition

Xacta IA Manager Named Among the Best Security Compliance, Auditing, Vulnerability Management Solutions

ASHBURN, Va. – October 20, 2009 – Telos® Corporation has been named a finalist in Government Security News’ 1st Annual Homeland Security Awards competition in the category of Best Security Compliance, Auditing, Vulnerability Management Solution for its enterprise IT security management offering.

Xacta® IA Manager is a continuous risk management framework that automates and enforces IT security processes across the enterprise. It combines industry-leading security compliance and continuous risk assessment functionality with powerful process automation to establish a centralized IT governance, risk management and compliance (IT GRC) platform.

“Xacta IA Manager is deployed throughout the Department of Defense, intelligence community, and civilian agencies,” explained Telos Chief Operating Officer Ed Williams, “contributing to the security of these agencies by streamlining and enforcing IT security standards and best practices. With its compliance assessment, continuous risk and sustained compliance management capabilities, Xacta IA Manager offers executives and IT personnel rapid access to the information needed for fully informed risk-based decision-making.”

Award winners will be announced – and celebrated – at a gala dinner to be hosted by GSN at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan on October 27. Telos is one of six finalists in the category. The finalists and winners were selected by a panel of objective and independent judges, according to GSN’s editor-in-chief, Jacob Goodwin, who oversaw the evaluation process. “All finalists should be very proud of their selection,” said Goodwin.

“We received an extraordinary number of entries,” said Adrian Courtenay, a managing director of World Business Media, LLC, the owner of GSN: Government Security News. “We have carefully reviewed each entry and are now very pleased to announce an exceptionally strong field of finalists.”

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John W. Maluda Elected to Telos Board of Directors — Press Release

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John W. Maluda Elected to Telos Board of Directors

New Director Brings Expertise in Military Cybersecurity to Leading Provider of Secure Advanced Technology Solutions

ASHBURN, Va. – October 9, 2009 – Telos® Corporation announced today that retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John W. Maluda was elected to the company’s board of directors on Monday. Maluda retired on Sept. 1 as director, Cyberspace Transformation and Strategy, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

“General Maluda is uniquely qualified to provide vital counsel to the company as we support our military customers in their mission to secure cyberspace,” said Telos’ Chairman and CEO John B. Wood. “His extensive Air Force communications and technology experience will bring a new perspective to an already diverse board, and his strong leadership will help guide the company as we develop new solutions to meet the most pressing needs of our security-conscious customers in the Department of Defense and beyond.”

“During my military career, I had the opportunity to observe first hand the technologies that enhance the Services’ ability to secure our missions,” Maluda said. “It’s particularly gratifying to become part of Telos knowing the critical role the company continues to play in providing military communications and information solutions.”

Maluda is the most recently appointed member of the Telos board, which now includes John B. Wood (Telos Corporation chairman and CEO), Bernard Bailey, David Borland, Bill Dvoranchik, Seth Hamot, retired Army Lt. Gen. Bruce Harris, retired Army Lt. Gen. Charles S. Mahan, Jr., retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John W. Maluda, Robert J. Marino, Andrew Siegel and retired Navy Vice Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle.

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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Telos to Release Enhancements to Xacta IA Manager — Press Release

Telos to Release Enhancements to Xacta IA Manager

Enhancements to IT GRC framework include SCAP validation for FDCC scanning, extension of continuous risk management capabilities

ASHBURN, Va. – August 4, 2009 — Telos® Corporation will release enhancements to Xacta® IA Manager, the federal government’s premier solution for IT governance, risk management and compliance (IT GRC) this week. These enhancements provide a continuous risk management framework that automates and enforces IT security processes across the enterprise. Key new features include the improved Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) scanner in a separate product, security controls inheritance between applications, systems and networks, and a privacy impact assessment capability.

In addition to the new capabilities, the products of Xacta IA Manager may now be purchased separately, as opposed to the older upgrade model. Even when purchased separately, the Xacta IA Manager components continue to work together as an integrated solution. The two most common products are Xacta IA Manager: Assessment Engine, and Xacta IA Manager: Continuous Assessment. The process enforcement capabilities are also still available within the Xacta IA Manager framework.

“The new product packaging offers our customers the ability to purchase each product separately, rather than as upgrades to a core product,” said David Wilson, vice president of product management for Xacta IA Manager at Telos. “This offers tremendous flexibility and value to the customer, allowing them to customize a solution that fits their needs while not paying for features they don’t need. Specifically, it allows customers to purchase the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)-validated ‘FDCC Scanner’ features within Xacta IA Manager: Continuous Assessment without purchasing the security authorization process (C&A) automation features within Xacta IA Manager: Assessment Engine.”

The functionalities delivered with the new version include:

Xacta Assessment Engine

Controls inheritance — Provides the ability to automatically link controls between projects in order to reduce the complexity and cost of security administration and testing.

Privacy impact assessments (PIA) — Automates PIAs in keeping with federal guidelines to demonstrate that privacy protections have been incorporated

Reference relationships — Establishes reference-extension relationships between projects to ensure accurate configuration notifications and reporting for “type-accredited” systems

Xacta Continuous Assessment

FDCC scanner — Serves as a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SCAP-validated FDCC scanner to automate the validation and compliance of systems against FDCC standards and to support the use of SCAP content to determine compliance with FDCC and other XCCDF checklists.

Vulnerability correlation — Correlates vulnerability information from disparate scan sources so information assurance personnel can make more informed decisions and plan the appropriate next steps.

Remediation planning — Facilitates the development of remediation plans for individual issues on each asset.

The new enhancements will further advance the solution’s continuous assessment capabilities. Xacta IA Manager was the first IT GRC solution to include continuous assessment and process enforcement within its feature set. Telos introduced its patented continuous assessment functionality to Xacta IA Manager in November 2002, and has offered security process automation since April 2004.

Customers with existing licenses for Xacta IA Manager can download the new versions on or after August 7. For additional information about Xacta IA Manager’s new functionalities, visit www.telos.com/solutions/information%20assurance/xacta%20ia%20manager/.

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation provides advanced technology solutions that protect the vital assets of the world’s most demanding enterprises. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. The company’s offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for IT governance, risk management and compliance (IT GRC), enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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Telos Awarded Contract for SWAMP-LITE — Press Release

Telos Awarded Contract for SWAMP-LITE

Communications Capability Will Allow Special Operators to Access Secure Wireless Network

ASHBURN, Va. – June 30, 2009 – Telos® Corporation was recently awarded a new contract by Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) to design and deliver a secure wireless communications package.

The Secure Wireless Access Modular Package, known as SWAMP-LITE, will provide deployed classified and unclassified communication capability suitable for a small user count, which typifies the special operations environment it will support.

“SWAMP-LITE is based on an Aruba Networks secure mesh topology that will bridge classified and un-classified clients back to the core AFSOC element,” said Rob Smith, director of technology and architecture for Telos Secure Networks. “The deployment kit can integrate into the existing network package being fielded by AFSOC, or operate as an autonomous network providing a high degree of flexibility for mission deployments.”

From the user’s perspective, SWAMP-LITE, simplifies the delivery of Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) over a wireless network, providing next-generation communications for special operators around the globe. “Wireless is the next logical step in providing lighter and more flexible secure tactical communications,” said Col. Tony Faughn, director, Communications and Information Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command.

The Aruba mesh topology is one of the first end-to-end secure solutions available in the WiFi market today.

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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Telos Awarded NETCENTS Task Order for Ft. Irwin Wireless Infrastructure Project — Press Release

Telos Awarded NETCENTS Task Order for Ft. Irwin Wireless Infrastructure Project

Secure Solution Will Provide Access to Network Resources for Maintenance, Training and Deployment Areas of Army Installation

ASHBURN, Va. – May 19, 2009 – The U.S. Army has awarded Telos® Corporation a task order to engineer, furnish, and install a turn key secure wireless data capability as part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) wireless edge extension at Ft. Irwin, Calif.

The task order was awarded through the Air Force Network-Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) contract vehicle and will be overseen by the office of Project Manager Network Service Center, Product Manager Defense Communications Systems-CONUS (PM NSC PdM DCS-C). Telos expects to complete the project by the summer at the post located in the Mojave Desert, which houses the National Training Center.

“This secure solution will provide our Army customer with the capability to reach back to network resources from difficult to reach locations such as motor pool maintenance, deployment and training areas,” said Winston Payne, Telos’ program manager. “This indoor/outdoor wireless network will also include a mesh network and will help the Army enjoy secure network benefits similar to those already in use by their Air Force counterparts working on flight lines at bases around the world.”

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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Telos Accelerates Delivery of Secure Wireless Network Modules for Army Tactical Operations Centers – Press Release

Telos Accelerates Delivery of Secure Wireless Network Modules for Army Tactical Operations Centers

More than 12,000 State-of-the-Art Units Now En Route to Support Deployed Troops Worldwide

ASHBURN, Va. – April 15, 2009 – Telos® Corporation has accelerated the delivery of its Combat Service Support Automated Information System Interface (CAISI) bridge modules to the U.S. Army, providing critical “last-mile” connectivity for warfighters back to their logistics networks in both training and operational environments.

While only a year into the three-year base period of the contract, Telos has already delivered over 12,000 of the more than 14,000 secure, tactical wireless Local Area Network (LAN) modules to the Army due to a high demand for the technology, and is scheduled to deliver the remainder by the end of the summer. According to Telos’ CAISI Program Manager Winston Payne, the company has not only been able to accommodate the accelerated delivery schedule, but has also been able to incorporate feedback coming in from the field to continuously enhance the product.

“Telos’ next-generation CAISI solution delivers the latest in secure, wireless technology to our Army customer,” said Payne. “The incorporation of critical last-mile wireless connectivity between combat service support information systems and their logistics base networks in deployed locations enhances mission effectiveness for logisticians worldwide.”

CAISI is a communications system in transportable cases that is being fielded to logistics organizations worldwide. CAISI provides IEEE 802.11a/b/g-based wireless connectivity across the spectrum of conflict. When linked to satellite communications, CAISI provides a “reach back” capability to sustainment organizations, allowing access to sources of supply and support. Each module uses wireless bridging to support a logistics support area of as much as four miles in diameter and can either stand alone or can be used with other modules to create a mesh network.

Telos is manufacturing the CAISI Bridge Modules (CBM) for the Product Manager, Defense Wide Transmission Systems (PM DWTS) under the Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, with a potential quantity of more than 14,000 modules, runs for three base years with two option years.

The Army manufactured more than 8,900 CAISI modules since 2002 and fielded them to logistics units throughout the service. Its widespread use in worldwide operations, including in the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility (AOR), highlighted the need to enhance and update the Army’s solution and resulted in the award of a $43.5 million contract to Telos last year to develop and deploy the new CAISI modules.

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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Telos Awarded Army Biometrics Operations Support Services Contract – Press Release

$497 Million Value Contract Will Include Biometrics Services, Supplies, and Related Hardware and Software

ASHBURN, Va. – January 12, 2009 – The U.S. Army has awarded Telos® Corporation a contract to provide the biometrics services, supplies, and related hardware and software required to assist the Biometrics Task Force, an Army executive agency, as it seeks to develop an enterprise-wide biometrics infrastructure for the DoD.

The Biometrics Operations and Support Services Unrestricted (BOSS-U) contract, a new award worth as much as $497 million, will run for a three-year base period with two, one-year option periods. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quality (IDIQ) contract has a total of 12 prime contractors that will compete for task orders for both general support and targeted tasks.

The Biometrics Task Force leads DoD activities to program, integrate, and synchronize biometric technologies and capabilities and to operate and maintain the department’s authoritative biometric database in support of the National Security Strategy.

“This contract signifies an important win for Telos because it will give us the opportunity to demonstrate new capabilities that can be fielded in support of the premier organization dedicated to protecting the nation through the employment of biometrics,” said Robert Brandewie, Senior Vice President of Identity and Security Solutions for Telos. “We plan to draw on the capabilities for infrastructure development demonstrated under the Air Force’s NETCENTS contract vehicle, under which Telos is a prime contractor, as we bring cutting-edge solutions to our DoD customers under this contract.”

About Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.

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ID Cards are Big Business

The US Department of Defense has over the last few years switched to a universal identification card, The Common Access Card (CAC) Card (sic). As its name implies it is common across DoD being used by the Services, for civilians and contractors. Most military bases require a CAC Card for access. MarketWatch.com reports that Telos Corporation has been awarded a $160 M contract to provide the consumables used to make the cards and track the government inventory of them. Read more

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