Impact Washington is requesting proposals from qualified contractors to assist in conducting programmatic elements of initial cybersecurity & DFARs assessment and consulting for members of the Defense supply chain in Washington State to fulfill a related grant’s requirements.
Deadline for submission of RFP responses: Friday, September 25, 2020
Work completion date: Monday, May 31, 2021
Impact Washington (IW) is a non-profit organization that provides competitive, value-driven services to enhance growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, and expand manufacturing capacity in Washington State. We are an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP), and our solutions, consulting, and educational opportunities focus on the small & medium-sized manufacturers located throughout the state.
IW has been awarded a cybersecurity grant by the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment through the Washington State Department of Commerce, with the broad intent of strengthening Washington State Defense’s cyber-security posture supply chain. Work performed under the grant will focus on two core elements – Cyber Independence and Cyber Resiliency.
The intent of Cyber Independence is to provide outreach to all known Defense suppliers in Washington to create awareness of DoD cybersecurity requirements and provide more in-depth training with at least 10% of that population.
Cyber Resiliency will focus on conducting broad and tactical asset-value based cyber assessments for 1% of the known Defense suppliers (19 companies), evaluating results, and providing recommendations for correction.
Nineteen (19) private companies will receive one-on-one support, as outlined. It is intended that the work will be divided between 3 – 5 contractors to build regional capacity and expertise in engaging the private market to benefit those companies involved in these initial engagements and establishing options to support the broader Defense supply chain in the future. Accordingly, each selected Contractor will receive contracts to work with 4 – 7 companies. IW has contracted a third party, Ignyte Institute (Ignyte), to provide self-paced, e-learning, and an assurance management platform for reporting and tracking client progress – the Ignyte Certification and Accreditation Platform (Platform).
If you are interested in participating in this program, please download the Request For Proposal, and complete & return by the submission deadline listed above.