DOD expands industry day for contract on cybersecurity testing teams

Army personnel take part in a multi-service "NetWar" exercise in June 2015 at Fort Gordon, Georgia. (Georgia Army National Guard / Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith)

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The Department of Defense has expanded an event intended to help it augment its workforce for cybersecurity testing-and-evaluation activities.

DOD officials said in a special notice posted Friday on FedBizOpps that they would add an additional industry day to their National Cyber Range Complex (NCRC) Event Planning, Operations, and Support event, which will provide the private sector with an overview of a contract for staffing the NCRC.

The event, at a NCRC facility in Orlando, Florida, will now take place Nov. 27-28, followed by no less than three days of one-on-one informational sessions with attendees, DOD said.

The NCRC partners with defense acquisition program managers on conducting exercises ranging from “science and technology experimentation, architectural evaluations, security control assessments, cooperative vulnerability and penetration assessments and adversarial assessments” for cybersecurity programs across the DOD.

The contract will call for subject matter experts that can assist in cybersecurity testing, evaluation, training and mission rehearsal exercises at multiple government installations housed under the NCRC.

“Industry will be provided a status of the NCRC EPOS acquisition strategy and timeline including an overview of the NCRC EPOS requirements as delineated in the draft Performance Work Statements,” the special notice said.

The department plans on releasing a draft request-for-proposal sometime in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 — as well as a pre-solicitation conference in the second quarter — but attendees will receive an overview of the EPOS acquisition strategy, timeline and potential requirements for the contract. A final RFP is anticipated to debut to in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Interested stakeholders have until 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 13 to register for the industry days.

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