What is CDM and why is it so lucrative for Booz Allen and others?

From: Washington Business Journal

By  – Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal

Think of it as monitoring as a service, using software and sensors to root out and fix cyber problems in a more proactive way. It’s pumped billions of dollars in task orders to local government contractors.

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DHS awards Booz Allen $1 billion cybersecurity contract

From: Axios

The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it is awarding a $1.03 billion contract to Booz Allen Hamilton to boost cybersecurity vulnerability detection and mitigation in six federal agencies.


How it works: Agencies install network sensors to analyze cybersecurity gaps to help prioritize them. This can include anything from finding out which systems are un-patched to managing cloud security to access privileges to where data is flowing.

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CDM Bill Is a Small Price for Major Cybersecurity Improvements

From: Nextgov

By Tom Gann

The legislation has the potential to correct many of the shortcomings of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program’s initial implementation.

Cyberattacks on federal infrastructure continue to be one of the greatest threats to U.S. national security, jeopardizing the integrity of our nation’s data and proving costly for the federal government.

A 2018 report published by the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates that cyber crime costs the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion per year, or 0.3 and 0.6 percent of the value of all the U.S. goods and services. Among bills that address cybersecurity, a bill to advance the federal government’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program stands out as a good bet.


SBA Approach to CDM Challenging Status Quo

From: MeriTalk

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Deputy CIO Guy Cavallo and CTO Sanjay Gupta said today at the FCW Cybersecurity Summit that their agency’s unorthodox approach to the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program is yielding a ton of practical benefits, even though it required a bit of a departure from CDM’s initial guidelines.

Now, SBA is providing a new potential model for other agencies – many struggling with the first of CDM’s four phases – to use when considering how to achieve the outcomes the program intends.

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