Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
VA Secretary Unveils Data Security Encryption Program
August 14, 2006, 08:00:00 AM
Agency Awards $3.7 Million Contract to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned
“I have promised
The computer encryption program follows the award of a $3.7 million contract August 11 to SMS, Incorporated, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business located in
Under the terms of the award to SMS, all laptop computers across the entire VA system will be the first to receive critical data security encryption programs followed by desktop PCs. Portable media, like flash drives and CDs, are also included in the security encryption program.
Final testing of the software is underway, and implementation and training materials are currently being developed with the actual encryption of laptops scheduled to begin August 18. The agency expects to have 100% of its laptop computers fully encrypted within four weeks.
While the laptop and desktop computer encryption program is underway, Nicholson has also directed advanced enterprise encryption solutions to be explored as a follow-on to the laptop and desktop encryption program, including all VA servers and data centers.
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