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Feb 27th, 2009

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spollock Fri, 02/27/2009 - 16:28

Welcome everyone!

To get started, a little history.

On Nov 20th, 2007 at the request of the President of the United States, Clay Johnson the Deputy Director of Management at the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo Implementation of Trusted Internet Connections announcing the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative. The goal of the initiative is to optimize individual external connections, including Internet points of presence currently in use by the federal government. It will improve the federal government's incident response capability through the reduction of external connections and centralized gateway monitoring at a select group of TIC Access Providers (TICAP).

You can review the original memo's related to the TIC here:

beth-martin Mon, 03/02/2009 - 08:51

I understand the TIC calls for consolidation of all Government sites into a small number of Internet portals. Do you know how many locations are under consideration?

b.hsu Mon, 03/02/2009 - 16:11

I understand the TIC calls for consolidation of all Government sites into a small number of Internet portals. Can you describe how many and which locations are under consideration?

spollock Mon, 03/02/2009 - 16:22

Please see previously answered question, the target is 50.

b.speltz Wed, 03/04/2009 - 15:29

What is this “US-CERT Einstein Monitoring” program referenced in the Memo's?

spollock Thu, 03/05/2009 - 10:21

Good question. Einstein is a highly classified program run by US-CERT

which provides an automated process for collecting, correlating, analyzing, and sharing computer security information across the federal government to improve our Nation's cyber situational awareness.

bbaley Fri, 03/06/2009 - 09:44

Does it (einstein) alleviate the need for traditional security solutions like firewalls?

spollock Sat, 03/07/2009 - 14:45

Einstein does not eliminate the need for

intrusion detection and prevention systems; rather, the 24-hour monitoring program aims

to provide incidental information collection and situational awareness tools for federal


spollock Thu, 03/12/2009 - 05:37

Trusted Internet Connection Access Providers = TICAP

Recently, Departments and Agencies had to select their preferred type of TICAP as defined below:

 Single Service Provider - Departments and Agencies that propose to provide services to customers internal to their D/A only

 Multi Service Provider - Departments and Agencies that propose to provide shared services to both internal customers as well as customers outside of their own D/A.

 Seeking Service - Departments and Agencies that propose to receive services from a TICAP

aghaznavi Wed, 03/11/2009 - 10:55

How many individual government internet connections are there today?


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