Merlin Awarded Contract From the Department of Veterans Affairs for Trusted Internet Connection Gateway (TIC)

May 6, 2011
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VIENNA, VA — (Marketwire) — 05/05/11 — Merlin International (, the leading IT solutions provider to the U.S. Federal Government, today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded the company a contract within theNetwork Security Operation Center (NSOC) Trusted Internet Connection Gateway (TIC) providing an enterprise framework of products and services necessary for the VA to achieve OMB compliancy on TIC connectivity* and stronger protection against cyber security threats.

Merlin’s solution at the VA is the largest installation within the U.S. Federal Government of a real time desktop monitoring system. The VA now has visibility in to every desktop installed (which exceeds 350,000) to ensure that data coming in and out will be monitored and analyzed to better protect against security threats. Merlin accomplished this by implementing an internal cloud across the VA’s four internet TIC gateways. This provides services not only instrumental in meeting the OMB mandate but also multiple internal initiatives within the VA.

“This award is a powerful validation of Merlin’s cyber security and systems engineering and integration capabilities,” said John Trauth, President, Merlin International. “Merlin takes great pride in providing expanding solutions and services to the VA helping them reach their mission to support our nation’s veterans. Merlin looks forward to working with other civilian agencies who are attempting to put up their own TIC internet gateway to meet the OMB mandate and secure their agencies against cyber security threats.”

*Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative is a mandate from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reduce the number of Internet gateways on the federal government network and ensure all data coming in and out can be monitored and analyzed more effectively.

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