Amy Gilliland, PresidentOctober 7th, 2018 was a dark day in history for the United States, courtesy, hurricane Michael which took away the lives of thousands and caused losses worth $6.1 Billion. Homeland Security agencies have toiled round the clock to rehabilitate the adversely affected and clear tons of debris accumulated as an aftermath of the catastrophe.
Natural disasters such as these, have also doomed many businesses and deprived them of critical data stored in traditional repositories such as data centers. These situations call for assistance from homeland security providers with disaster recovery efforts and prevention of overnight business nosedives. Homeland Security agencies are also plagued by the challenges posed by sophisticated cyber attacks. Governmental agencies are putting their best foot forward in shielding citizens from such threats and protecting confidential data. The need of the hour is the assistance of IT solution providers who can join hands with governmental agencies and amplify their homeland security capabilities.
Headquartered in Virginia, General Dynamics Information Technology is one of the handful of organizations in the US today tailoring exclusive homeland security solutions. Since its inception, the organization has aimed to combat its clients’ business challenges effortlessly by delivering smart, future-focused technology and services and is currently a trusted partner of government, defense and cutting-edge technology companies.
In a nutshell, the firm’s homeland security portfolio comprises of cyber defense, cloud migration, big data management and analytics, IT consolidation as well as training services. In the wake of the continually increasing complexity of intrusions, for instance, General Dynamics has devised a comprehensive cybersecurity solution suite which includes cyber defense, cyber risk, resilience and analytics to combat malicious practices. General Dynamics IT conducts several methods to alleviate its clients from cyber threats, and these include risk and vulnerability assessment, threat hunting, incident response and reporting as well as persistent cyber training. Risk management, in particular, is one of the important phases of the product development lifecycle across many enterprises today and General Dynamics IT delivers solutions that eliminate the threats posed by potential risks. The company helps develop risk management framework adoption model that helps alleviate enterprise risks and enforces robust security controls.
The transition from a paper-based environment or even shunning existing data centers to migrate to the cloud has been one of the biggest priorities of many organizations worldwide today. General Dynamics IT’s comprehensive cloud portfolio has been instrumental in helping its clients in a seamless transition. In the recent past, the Virginia-based company has often offered guidance in tailoring a cloud model that accurately adheres to the customer’s requirements. The journey spanning from ideation of a cloud solution to the final deployment involves some stages, and a brief insight of a few of them helps better understand how General Dynamics IT’s helps in the transition.
General Dynamics IT’s consultants help agencies create a cloud roadmap and then design a solution aligned with their business and security requirements. One of the noteworthy aspects of the company’s cloud portfolio is ensuring that the company’s existing processes and legacy applications are cloud-ready and can be easily amalgamated with the new infrastructure. General Dynamics IT’s cloud partner ecosystem provides agencies get secure and cost friendly cloud solutions and allow them to resell products of other Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) such as Azure and AWS. A recent example that illustrates the company’s prowess as a cloud solution provider is a $98 Million contract with the Navy, which the company bagged earlier this year. As per the $98 million agreement, General Dynamics IT will support the Navy by being its commercial cloud broker and will help the defense force in a transition from a traditional data protection system to a sophisticated cyber security fortress that leverages the benefits of the cloud.
Another recent noteworthy accomplishment that testifies the company’s reliability is being chosen to support the St. Elizabeth’s campus of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The opportunity, bestowed upon General Dynamics IT by the U.S General Services Administration, Federal Systems Integration and Management Center. As per the agreement, General Dynamics IT will indulge in several activities such as providing IT services, operations, and maintenance, as well as delivering logistic support to new buildings at DHS, St Elizabeth’s Campus. In 2011, the firm was chosen to offer technical assistance to DHS when its headquarters was being relocated and address building management, computer networking, telecommunications as well as physical security. The support rendered by General Dynamics IT was state-of-the-art infrastructure which effectively mitigated these challenges.
The firm’s homeland security portfolio comprises of cyber defense, cloud migration, big data management, and analytics, IT consolidation as well as training services
Generally, 2018 has been an illustrious year for General Dynamics IT, since the Virginia-based firm has been in the news for several reasons. In the first quarter of the year, the company acquired IT services giant CSRA for a whopping $9.7 Billion. The amalgamation of CSRA has amplified General Dynamics IT’s capabilities further in delivering innovative, competitive and compelling solutions. The Navy contract, which the company bagged amidst stiff competition, was the positive aftermath of the acquisition of CSRA and happened within a span of six months. Renowned media source Defense News had ranked General Dynamics IT in the 6th position in its 2018 compilation of Top 100 defense technology solution providers.
One of the many advantages for a government agency collaborating with General Dynamics IT is that the company offers many contract vehicles that facilitate procurement of the company’s solution at the desired speed and flexibility. The multiple contract types include agency, government-wide contracts, and GSA schedules. While agency contracts such as Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation (ACCENT) are aimed at providing commercial cloud solutions for army enterprise applications, Environmental Services Schedule helps in environmental planning, compliance, and training. The latter assists governmental agencies in adhering to environmental needs.
Diving into the details of General Dynamics’ service suite provides a clearer picture of the myriad ways the firm assists governmental agencies today and ensures successful execution of several mission-critical operations. For instance, General Dynamics IT has amplified more than 360 voice switching systems nationwide with enterprise VoIP, video conferencing and voicemail capabilities. The company holds the reputation of deploying the first few radios in the National Aerospace System compatible with the global standards of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Over the years, the firm has proved its finesse as a leading managed services provider as well and has helped its client deploy an array of holistic services ranging from Security Information Event Management (SIEM) to Business Process as a Service (BPaaS).
Under an umbrella named enterprise modernization, General Dynamics IT imparts in assistance in various tasks such as modernizing education experience in the digital age, delivering IT solutions for state and local governments, as well as managing complex global logistics.
Although General Dynamics IT has garnered a reputation for being one of the trusted technology solution providers for government agencies, the company has extended its services to sectors such as healthcare as well. The company had observed that Healthcare systems worldwide have been accumulating heaps of data, which have primarily remained under-utilized. Thus, General Dynamics IT has empowered several healthcare institutions by integrating data analytic tools with their existing processes to facilitate better decision-making. Thus, collaborating with the Virginia-based firm has helped healthcare firms derive better value from traditional systems. The organization is one of the first of its kind to support federal agencies with Google Cloud products and services. General Dynamics IT has assisted several public sector initiatives in integrating their existing processes with the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) by adhering to General Service Administration’s (GSA) IT Schedule 70.
Over the years, the organization has partnered with several thought leaders and established technology companies to adhere to its commitment to delivering innovative solutions with the potential of transforming its customers’ businesses. General Dynamics IT’s list of strategic alliance partners includes several prominent names such as Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and ServiceNow. These collaborations have introduced new business models that have transformed the way governmental agencies engage with citizens. IT giants such as HP, IBM, Google, Dell, Citrix, and Juniper are key alliance partners of General Dynamics IT, who have played a vital role in assisting federal clients of the Virginia-based firm. Similarly, the organization has established alliances of different kinds with myriad enterprises from across the globe. Keeping pace with constantly rising cyber threats, the organization intends to enhance its cybersecurity suite by delivering more sophisticated solutions in the days to come.