The US General Services Administration is looking for industry comments on a proposed cyber security special item number (SIN) to somewhat ease the already extremely painful acquisition process:
The General Services Administration is considering adding a special item number (SIN) for cybersecurity and information assurance (CyberIA) to IT Schedule 70, making it easier for agencies to buy security tools and services and giving vendors a central place to offer their wares.
GSA released a request for information on Aug. 12 asking for feedback on a CyberIA SIN, primarily from the companies whose product and services would be listed there.
The idea for a cybersecurity SIN has been kicking around GSA for some time, though the CyberIA RFI came sooner than expected, with officials originally unsure if the process would get started this year.
Recent incidents — including two high-profile breaches at the Office of Personnel Management — prompted GSA to move ahead with the proposed SIN.
“GSA believes the CyberIA products and services market is sufficiently mature for this SIN to attract both vendors and government buyers,” according to the RFI.