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CHIPS Articles: DON IT Umbrella Program Info Alert

DON IT Umbrella Program Info Alert
By CHIPS Magazine - July-September 2004
A reminder to Department of Defense personnel that no-cost, downloadable antivirus software is available to DoD users for home use. Antivirus software that provides multilayered protection at the desktop, server, gateway and network levels is available for home computers.

Licenses extend beyond protecting desktops, servers, gateways and networks. Products are available for home computers, home and office firewalls, and wireless or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). By expanding products to home use, the DoD acknowledges that safeguarding home computers is as important as safeguarding computers in the workplace.

The license includes enhanced management/system administration tools, as well as global enterprise technical support. And most importantly, these products are provided at no additional cost to the government. However, please be aware that there is a cost associated with some upscale options. These products are available at a special DoD-negotiated price.

All Combatant Commands, Services, DoD agencies and military academies; DoD personnel within joint, NATO and coalition forces; DoD contractors authorized to use government-furnished equipment; and the Coast Guard are authorized to download and use this software. The savings to the Defense Department and the taxpayer are in the tens of millions of dollars, and protection extends to more than 3 million DoD users worldwide.

The software is offered through a fully funded and centrally purchased software enterprise license under the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI). Through ESI, a variety of software is available for free download to all DoD users who have a .mil Internet Protocol (IP) address.

These licenses provide the latest generation of antivirus technologies and capabilities as well as multilayered protection with "best-of-breed" combinations of software. The multilayered protection strategy is also known as "Defense in Depth."

The key element of this strategy is to implement a variety of products that provide protection at different levels within a network so a single point of failure is not created should a software vulnerability arise. The advantage is that this strategy minimizes the chance of a vulnerability in one product compromising the overall integrity and operability of the entire network.

Antivirus software available for download includes McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro products.

Although product documentation is also available for download, please contact DISA's DoD-CERT AntiVirus Team if you have questions about a product's installation or use. The AntiVirus Team can also help if you have problems downloading the software. Be advised that all products may not be interoperable. For example, if you install a personal firewall from Symantec and an antivirus product from McAfee, your system may generate errors.

Additionally, users are required to renew software use each year by entering a key code, which can be secured by contacting the AntiVirus Team. The AntiVirus Team can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (703) 607-6500, DSN 327 or 1-800-357-4231.

For more information about the Enterprise Software Initiative, please visit the ESI Web site or contact your Software Product Manager via the DON IT Umbrella Web site or ITEC Direct at

New Umbrella Contract Added ERP Systems Integration Services

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems integration services provides the procurement of configuration, integration, installation, data conversion, training, testing, object development, interface development, business process reengineering, project management, risk management, quality assurance and other professional services for COTS software implementations.

Ordering under the BPAs is decentralized and open to all DoD activities. The BPAs offer GSA discounts from 10 to 20 percent. Firm fixed prices and performance-based contracting approaches are provided to facilitate more efficient buying for systems integration services. Five BPAs were competitively established against the GSA Schedule. Task orders must be competed among the five BPA holders in accordance with DFARS 208.404-70 and Section C.1.1 of the BPA. Acquisition strategies at the task order level should consider that Section 803 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2002 requirements were satisfied by the BPA competition.

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