ROME — Assured Information Security has been awarded part of a nearly $1 billion cybersecurity contract.
Companies all over the country competed for the $950 million shared contract for Agile Cyber Technology 2, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer's office.
The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome is the contracting authority.
"This is yet another example of why I fight hard for Rome lab funding in Washington," Schumer said in a statement. "This contract is a shot in the arm for the Mohawk Valley economy, sustains jobs and allows a local company like AIS to pursue cutting-edge research to enhance our nation’s cyber defense capabilities."
The award is part of a competition, for which Rome lab received 22 offers, according to Schumer’s office.
Of the 22, the lab chose five companies across the country to receive part of the contract money: AIS in Rome; Global InfoTek Inc. in Reston, Virginia; Radiance Technologies Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama; CNF Technologies Corp. in San Antonio, Texas; and Invictus International Consulting LLC in Alexandria, Virginia.
The contract provides for a "focused yet flexible, rapid contracting vehicle between Air Force Research Laboratory, its products centers and the operational community to support rapid research, development, prototyping, demonstration, evaluation and transition of cyber capabilities," the U.S. Department of Defense contract award said.
"(The) contract will open the doors for future awards and government sales," said AID CEO Charles Green in a news release. "I am thankful to our employees for their commitment and hard work that went into winning this award."
Work is expected to be complete by April 2023.
"This is great news for AIS in Rome," U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, said in a statement. "AIS has made significant contributions to our nation’s cyber and defense operations and remains an integral player in our region’s ever-growing cybersecurity ecosystem. I will continue to work in Congress to ensure AIS has the tools to innovate, lead and increase their economic footprint here in Rome."
Headquartered in Rome, AIS provides government and commercial customers with a selection of cyber and information security offerings that include engineering, research, development, assessment services, according to a news release. AIS currently has 280 employees (of which approximately 175 work in Rome) and eight locations throughout the United States.