Archive for January, 2014

How Can I Build Security into Acquisition?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

According to a recent report, there are six new recommendations for incorporating security standards into the government’s acquisition process. Of these recommendations, one would ensure that agencies are only doing business with companies that comply with the security standards. In the past, President Obama has given the General Services Administration and Defense Department the task of providing recommendations on the, security benefits and merits of aligning cybersecurity standards with the acquisition process. The executive order also called on the agencies to provide steps for making consistent the existing cyber-related requirements for procurement.security

The recommendations given were:

  • Train the staff and government contractors on cybersecurity.
  • Develop definitions for cybersecurity and other related terms
  • Create and implement a cybersecurity risk management strategy
  • Increase government accountability for risk management in regards to cybersecurity.
  • Ensure that all equipment is purchased from original manufactures or an authorized reseller for added security.
  • Create a list of cybersecurity requirement and make sure companies comply with this.

The goal of these recommendations is to strengthen the federal government’s cybersecurity and improve management of the digital security.

About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

You can also follow DHA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Source:

http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20140129/ACQ02/301290005/6-ways-build-security-into-acquisition?odyssey=nav%7Chead

Vulnerability and Penetration Testing from DHA Group

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

In today’s increasingly technologically advanced business world, Cybersecurity and IT security have to be at the forefront of modern business practices. With so many of today’s businesses relying on technology, managing network vulnerability is critical.Data Backup

Professional Vulnerability Assessments & Penetration Testing

DHA understands that the conveniences of technology come with a heightened need for security and protection.  DHA can ensure your organization is keeping pace with IT Security and Cybersecurity advancements by applying new technologies with intelligence. DHA can also ensure that your current network is as secure as possible. We do this in several ways, including Vulnerability Assessments & Penetration Testing.

  • Vulnerability Assessment: This is the process of identifying and quantifying vulnerabilities in a system.
  • Penetration Testing: This is the process of simulating a cyber-attack by a hacker.The process involves an active analysis of the system for any weaknesses, technical flaws or vulnerabilities.

Any security issue DHA finds will be presented to the system administrator along with an assessment of their impact and a proposal for mitigation or a technical solution.

At DHA, we are experienced at providing IT Security support services within and around Federal Government systems and networks, and can help ensure the safety of your most critical IT assets.

If you have any questions regarding our Cyber Security / IT Security Services, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

You can also follow DHA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

The Federal Procurement Process: Getting Started as a Small Business

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Expanding your business into the realm of federal contracting can be a great step in the right direction, but only if you know what you are getting into. Many are ill-prepared for the rules, laws, and regulations unique to those businesses under contract with the federal government. This can lead to costly errors and even potential legal problems.gsa contract

The Federal Procurement Process: Getting Started as a Small Business

1) Do you qualify as a Small Business for Contracting Opportunities with the Government? This is very important to establish if you plan on registering for government contracting as a small business. The U.S. Small Business Administration defines a small business as an organization that:

  • Is organized for profit;
  • Has a place of business in the US;
  • Operates primarily within the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor;
  • Is independently owned and operated; and
  • Is not dominant in its field on a national basis.

If you do not meet these standards, your business does not qualify as a “small business.”

2) You will need to register your Business. You will need the following items to complete registration:

  • Your NAICS codes
  • Your Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  • Your Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN or EIN)
  • Your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes
  • Your Product Service codes (optional but useful)
  • Your Federal Supply Classification codes (optional but useful)

4) Trust DHA! DHA Federal Acquisition Management (FAM) is the key to your future success!

DHA has extensive experience with the Federal acquisitions arena.  Our employees are fluent in the language of government contracts, and provide expert guidance to our clients on a “cradle-to-grave” basis. Creation of Pre-Award Documents, such as:

  • Acquisition Plans
  • Statements of Work/Objectives
  • Source Selection Plans
  • Independent Government Cost Estimates
  • Sole Source Justifications and Approvals
  • Determinations and Findings
  • Requests for Information/Quote/Proposal
  • Evaluation Score Sheets, Evaluation Reports, Award De-briefings

Assistance with Post-Award Contract Management

  • Performing Invoice Review and Verification
  • Drafting Official Contract Correspondence
  • Documenting Vendor Performance
  • Tracking Contract Expenditures
  • Supporting Contract Modifications

If you have any questions regarding DHA’s Federal Procurement Services, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

You can also follow DHA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

What Are The Benefits Of Cloud Computing?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Cloud computing is one of the big buzzwords right now. But why? Clearly if everyone is talking about it then there must be something to it. Cloud computing offers many benefits to users.  Whether you know it or not, you may already be using cloud based storage. That photo you just uploaded to facebook, that is stored in the cloud so you can share the content with other members.In between spaces

The benefits to cloud computing are very straightforward. Your data becomes accessible from anywhere if you have the correct permissions. Additionally, data in the cloud is safer, it requires security backups and firewalls to protect your sensitive data from prying eyes.

In short, cloud computing is beneficial regardless of the reasons which you chose to use it.

About DHA Group, Inc.

DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies, such as the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Army; the Defense Logistics Agency; and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services, including program management, procurement and acquisition support, project and budget management, information assurance and cyber-security, information technology modernization and sustainment, data integration and information sharing, eDiscovery, systems engineering and business process reengineering. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about DHA Group and its capabilities, please visit us at www.dha-inc.com, call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

Source:

https://secure.edps.europa.eu/EDPSWEB/edps/EDPS/Dataprotection/QA/QA10