SOURCE: Merlin International

Merlin International

October 04, 2011 08:00 ET

Merlin Awarded Contract From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Gateway

Providing Enterprise Framework of Products and Services to Ensure OMB Mandates on TIC Connectivity and Stronger Protection Against Cyber Security Threats

VIENNA, VA--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2011) - Merlin International (, a leading IT solutions provider to the U.S. Federal Government, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the company a contract to provide an enterprise framework of products and services necessary for HHS to achieve Office of Management and Budget (OMB) compliancy on Trusted Internet Connections (TICs) connectivity* and provide stronger protection against cyber security threats.

Leveraging Merlin's expertise in applying advanced security technologies and services on behalf of its federal agency customers, this cyber security solution will ensure HHS that their infrastructure is protected at every level, including:

  • Dynamic defense to stop targeted, zero-day attacks by analyzing network traffic to identify and remediate new and unknown attacks in real time.
  • Continuous situational awareness to make quick, intelligent decisions regarding the most effective response to physical and virtual network issues and visibility to continuously detect, confirm and block both unknown and known threats.
  • Network based anomaly detection to look for malicious activity on their network.
  • Multiple application classification mechanisms of the network traffic stream to determine the exact identity of applications traversing the network.
  • Support for government compliance initiatives and policy control.

"This award represents a continued validation of Merlin's cyber security and systems engineering and integration capabilities," said John Trauth, President, Merlin International. "Merlin takes great pride in providing expanding solutions and services to HHS in helping them reach their mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans. Building on our work for the Department of the Veterans Affairs in support of their Network Security Operation Center (NSOC) Trusted Internet Connection Gateway and now this award from HHS, it clearly demonstrates our deep cyber security knowledge and showcases the trust that the federal government community has bestowed in Merlin in implementing world-class cyber security solutions."

Merlin's HHS cyber security solution will include technologies from Palo Alto Networks, Gigamon, FireEye, Lancope, Hitachi Data Systems, ArcSight, Juniper Networks, NetApp, Cisco and Avocent.

*Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative is a mandate from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reduce the number of Internet gateways on the federal government network and ensure all data coming in and out can be monitored and analyzed more effectively.

About Merlin:
Merlin International, a veteran-owned, privately-held business, is a leading provider of innovative technology solutions serving the U.S. Federal Government. Merlin delivers high-value IT solutions based upon our proven best practices, experienced and trusted staff and extensive knowledge of the federal government and their unique IT challenges. Merlin's solutions include Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture and Systems Engineering and Integration. To learn more please visit or call us at 1-877-430-3021.

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