Verizon Business will help federal agencies streamline and secure their various Internet connections under a new U.S. General Services Administration award announced Tuesday (June 16).
The GSA selected Verizon Business to provide Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) under the federal Networx Universal program. The GSA developed MTIPS to help agencies comply with the Office of Management and Budget's Trusted Internet Connections initiative, which mandates that agencies use fewer and more secure Internet connections.
Verizon Business, a leading global managed security services provider, is a prime contactor under Networx Universal, which is scheduled to run through 2017.
MTIPS is designed to significantly enhance the security of federal agency IP traffic. In response, Verizon Business has crafted a robust offering that uses secure IP portals meeting Federal Informational Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) requirements for highly secure environments, providing a full suite of embedded security services such as managed firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, anti-virus and e-mail scanning services, along with connections to the public Internet that are redundant, highly available and scalable.
Verizon Business Private IP service, which is physically separate infrastructure from the public Internet, securely connects federal agencies to the TIC portals. In addition, Verizon Business has incorporated within the MTIPS offering the flexibility for agencies to design and add custom solutions around the basic services.
"Verizon Business offers federal customers an unsurpassed suite of services to enhance the security of their IP traffic by accessing Trusted Internet Connections portals," said Susan Zeleniak, group president, Verizon Federal, a sales organization within Verizon Business dedicated to serving federal government customers. "Secure portals are crucial because they allow agencies to communicate with each other over the private IP network in the event of a cyber attack on the public Internet."
Verizon Business will manage its MTIPS solution through its Government Network Operations and Security Centers (GNOSCs) so that the MTIPS clients are assured that positive and secure operational oversight is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The GNOSCs - state-of-the-art facilities in Northern Virginia and Cary, N.C. - were built to government security specifications and are dedicated to supporting the unique security and operational requirements of federal government customers.
Verizon Business is the largest provider of communications services to the U.S. federal government and one of the largest providers of advanced communications and information technology services globally. The company offers local-to-global network capabilities coupled with a broad range of telecommunications products and services - including advanced Internet protocol (IP) services, professional services, managed network services and systems integration - to all levels of government. With this broad portfolio of services, Verizon Business can provide federal agencies with one-stop shopping for their communications or connectivity needs. The company has built the next-generation services that are helping to transform the way government customers - and their constituents - do business.
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