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March 23, 2012

Telos Wins $25 Million Contract to Sharpen Air Force Software Security

Telos Corporation has been awarded a $25 million contract to help the center establish application-level security. The contract has been awarded to the company by U.S. Air Force’s Program Executive Office for Business Enterprise Systems (PEO BES).

Telos was originally the winner of an initial task order to establish the Application Software Assurance Center of Excellence (ASACoE) in October 2007.

It is extremely important to ensure application security across all communities in the Air Force, as efficiency is obviously critical to all command and control functions.

ASACoE, set up in 2007, is tasked with establishing application security best practices for all the departments in the US Air Force. The standardization is aimed at fostering security throughout the software development and maintenance life cycle, while identifying and mitigating existing vulnerabilities. ASACoE’s efforts are expected to increase the service’s ability to carry out critical missions in cyberspace and ensure the security of people, systems and equipment that support the warfighter. The center received additional funding in 2009 and 2010.

Telos cyber security solutions ensure the government's most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Using Telos’ Xacta (News - Alert) (News - Alert) IA Manager, Xacta Flux and other partner products, the center has conducted software assurance assessments on over 700 applications. During the process, the center reportedly discovered and mitigated numerous exploitable vulnerabilities.

Under the latest contract, Telos is required to ensure that applications address security hand-in-hand with performance and application availability throughout the system development lifecycle, Telos explained in a press release.

Telos will implement the project with a team specializing in source code analysis, web application penetration and security testing, application shielding, database monitoring, and training services. The team includes Cigital, Inc., HP Enterprise Security (including the former Fortify Software, Inc.), IBM Rational and Application Security, Inc.

Products and services from Coverity, Aspect (News - Alert) Security and Imperva will also be available to the Air Force under this agreement.

Recently Telos Corporation added passive optical network (PON) technology, a low-cost, high-performance alternative to traditional Ethernet networks, to its portfolio of secure network solutions.

Edited by Braden Becker

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