TMF Board of Directors Announces $94.8 Million for 3 Network Security Projects

Written by Dave Nyczepir

The Technology Modernization Fund Board will invest a total of $94.8 million in three projects aimed at enhancing network security for critical services in separate agencies.

USDANet modernization at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will receive $64 million, a Federal Trade Commission Security Operations Center as a Service $3.9 million, and the Department of Homeland Security will receive $26 million. $.9 million to upgrade the Homeland Security Information Network.

The latest round of investments from the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) supports projects focused on improving network infrastructure through the adoption of zero-trust security. Tuesday’s announcement comes five days after the Office of Budget and Corporate Services Management and Administration earmarked $100 million in TMF funding for customer experience projects at high-value service providers. impact, evidence of the TMF Board’s holistic approach to addressing common government-wide challenges.

“This administration is on track to aggressively invest in defenses and move from outdated perimeter defenses to a ‘zero trust’ approach that confronts the capabilities and intent of our adversaries,” said Federal Director Clare Martorana. Information and Chair of the TMF Board of Directors, in the announcement. “These investments will implement strong multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, rapidly detect and contain adversary activity, and continuously identify and remediate vulnerabilities.”

The USDA will use its $64 million to continue consolidating 17 legacy networks into a single secure network supporting every office and program department, saving approximately $734 million.

Food safety and inspection and food and nutrition departments stand to benefit from the additional speed and security of USDANet.

“The USDANet Modernization Project enables the USDA to continue and expand its customer-centric IT modernization efforts that deliver better performance for better value,” said CIO Gary Washington. “It will also increase the reliability of USDANet and act as a catalyst to protect and exploit the US agricultural supply chain.”

The FTC hopes that implementing a security operations center as a service will better protect sensitive data from more advanced threats and improve response times to cyberattacks. The TMF board hopes the project will serve as a model for other agencies launching SOCs.

DHS will use its $26.9 million to rebuild HSIN as a cloud-native platform, which aims to improve the security of information sharing between first responders, law enforcement and private sector partners and government. HSIN will further provide real-time information and access to resources for faster response to crises such as natural disasters.

These investments mark the fifth TMF project for the USDA, the second for the DHS and the first for the FTC. The three agencies plan to repay the TMF by the end of fiscal year 2028.

To date, the TMF Board of Directors has invested over half a billion dollars in projects, 26 of which are underway.

“The TMF is again making smart technology investments that will improve efficiency, strengthen cybersecurity and deliver better for taxpayers,” GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan said in a statement. “The TMF shows that government can harness technology to positively impact people’s lives, whether it’s supporting systems that help food insecure people or ensuring that the first stakeholders can quickly share information.”

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Clare Martorana, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Trade Commission, Gary Washington, General Services Administration (GSA), Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), Office of Management and Budget ( OMB), Robin Carnahan, Security Operations Centers, Technology Modernization Fund, USDANet, Zero Trust

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