SOURCE: Knowledge Consulting Group

Knowledge Consulting Group

January 07, 2013 08:00 ET

KCG Awarded Task Order to Provide Information Security Assessment and Authorization Support to GSA

Company to Conduct Penetration Testing and Support the Development of GSA's Continuous Monitoring Program

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - Jan 7, 2013) - Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG), one of the largest privately held cybersecurity firms in the United States, today announced that it has been awarded a task order by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) to provide information security Assessment and Authorization (A&A) services to the Office of the Chief Information Officer in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. The order, competitively awarded through KCG's GSA Schedule contract (GS-35F-0448N), is valued at $3.3 million and is for a term of 11 months with four one-year options. 

"KCG is honored to be selected to provide independent third-party security assessment services to GSA," said Maryann Hirsch, President of KCG. "GSA plays a critical role in developing, managing and operating a variety of major applications and support systems for federal agencies. As such, it is vital that its customer agencies can rely on the integrity of GSA's Information Technology (IT) systems. By undergoing regular security controls assessment activities, and developing a rigorous program of continuous monitoring, GSA and its customer agencies can be assured that its systems are secure."

Under the agreement, KCG will ensure the protection of GSA major applications and general support systems by providing A&A services in accordance with the Federal Information Security Management Act, GSA security policies, as well as National Institute of Standards & Technology and Office of Management and Budget guidelines. Specific tasks include:

  • Providing program management
  • Conducting penetration testing
  • Developing a penetration testing report
  • Testing security controls
  • Documenting all testing activities
  • Reviewing existing system security plans
  • Developing a security assessment report
  • Developing a plan of action and milestones report
  • Assisting with the implementation and management of an automated mechanism for A&A audits
  • Conducting continuous monitoring activities

"This is an exciting time for KCG," said Chris Oglesby, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, KCG. "We were previously awarded work by GSA under our Risk Management Framework BPA to perform similar tasks and are honored to be selected to support GSA's A&A requirements with this current engagement. We look forward to building on our extensive portfolio of cybersecurity services and furthering our role as a trusted cyber advisor in the government space."

About KCG
Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG) is one of the largest privately held cybersecurity services firms in the United States. We operate as a trusted cyber advisor to our customers across the country. We take great pride in maintaining a single focus on being the leader in cybersecurity services, providing risk management, governance, operations and compliance services, utilizing our Chief Information Security Officer Framework methodology. We are uniquely positioned as a trusted cyber advisor with over 90 percent of our cyber professionals holding security clearances and security-specific certifications. With over 12 years of experience in providing cybersecurity services to our customers, we have a strong record of past performance in advising and executing cyber missions for all types of organizations and sectors.

Headquartered outside of Washington, D.C. in Reston, Virginia, KCG provides cybersecurity services for organizations across the homeland security, federal civilian, defense and commercial sectors. For more information about KCG, please visit

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