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Ransomware Resiliency Deal For UC San Diego | #ransomware | #cybercrime


The Defense Logistics Agency, acting on behalf of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), awarded the University of California San Diego a maximum $9.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Healthcare Ransomware Resiliency and Response Program.

The program, abbreviated as H-R3P, seeks to develop evidence-based interventions to reduce the impact of cyberattacks on healthcare delivery organizations by identifying ransomware incidents, understanding the impacts with respect to disruption on acute clinical workflows, and deploying substitute systems during a ransomware emergency. H-R3P’s goal is to develop clinician-focused tools and techniques for improving capacity for and quality of care during cyberattacks.

Principal investigators are Christian Dameff, M.D. and Jeffrey Tully, M.D. This is a two-year contract with no option periods.

The deal was awarded as part of the ARPA-H Digital Health Security (DIGIHEALS) initiative, which supports innovative research that aims to protect the U.S. healthcare system’s electronic infrastructure against hostile threats. Focusing on cutting-edge security protocols, vulnerability detection and automatic patching, DIGIHEALS seeks to reduce the ability for bad actors to attack digital health software and hardware, and to enable the prevention of large-scale cyberattacks.

This was a competitive acquisition with 19 responses received through the Scaling Health Applications Research for Everyone broad agency announcement. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 through 2024 research, development, test and evaluation funds. The Defense Logistics Agency Contract Services Office of Philadelphia awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 29.

Epsilon Gets $23M Option

The end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30 typically brings a flood of contracts.

Among the other contracts announced by the Pentagon in this year’s closeout:

The U.S. Navy awarded Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. a $23.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract for ship sustainment, repair and modernization. The award exercises options for the accomplishment of a full range of technical and repair support services for the product family divisions. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by Sept. 29, 2024. Fiscal 2023 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $1.5 million was obligated at the time of award and was set to expire on Sept. 30. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 29. Epsilon is a small business and employee-owned.

Electronics Work for Epsilon

In related news, the U.S. Navy awarded Epsilon C5I Inc. of San Diego a $17.1 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the ongoing expansion, evolution, implementation and furnishing of VISION technology, a full motion video, multi-intelligence analysis capability that produces analytic capacity leveraging multi-source intelligence to accelerate the find, fix, track, target, engage and assess process in support of Small Business Innovation Research Phase III topic N101-100 titled Multi-Source Imagery and Geopositional Exploitation (MSIGE).

Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed in March 2025.

Fiscal 2023 operations and maintenance (defense-wide) funds in the amount of $3.3 million and working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $2.2 million were obligated at the time of award; the $3.3 million in funding was set to expire on Sept. 30. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 29.

C5I stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems and Intelligence.

$20M Deal for El Cajon Contractor

The U.S. Army awarded Peter Vander Werff Construction Inc. of El Cajon a $19.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for design-build construction of maintenance facilities. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Denver, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 17, 2025. Fiscal 2023 operation and maintenance, Army Reserve funds in the amount of $19.6 million were obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Louisville, Kentucky, awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 29.

El Cajon Receives $3M Job

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Co. of Tucson, Arizona, a not-to-exceed $74.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract related to the Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile (also called AIM-9X). This modification adds scope to provide additional non-recurring tooling, equipment and associated labor required to increase the annual AIM-9X production capacity to 2,500 in support of the Navy, Air Force, Army and foreign military partners.

Some 4.2% of the work, worth an estimated $3.14 million, will be performed in El Cajon. An additional 8.1%, worth an estimated $6 million, will be performed in Murrieta. Work is expected to be completed in July 2026. Fiscal 2023 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $59.1 million was obligated at the time of award, all of which were to expire on Sept 30. Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 29.



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