[ISN] DHS Contract Expands Anti-Hacker EINSTEIN Protection to Every Agency

www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/12/dhs-contract-expands-anti-hacker-einstein-protection-every-agency/124308/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com December 8, 2015 Internet Service Provider CenturyLink has won a multiyear contract worth up to $10.8 million dollars to fill gaps in a governmentwide firewall, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The deal was inked to complete a goal of making so-called EINSTEIN 3A network protections available to all civilian agencies by Dec. 31, a DHS official told Nextgov on Tuesday. It also conforms to a sweeping cyber shape-up plan the White House launched in October, following an Office of Personnel Management hack that exposed background check records on 21.5 million Americans applying for access to classified materials and their families. Right now, EINSTEIN 3A’s intrusion-blocking services are only offered to agencies receiving telecommunications services from CenturyLink, AT&T or Verizon. Agencies that connect to the Internet through Sprint, Level 3 or other providers are not protected. […]