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XACTA Web-C&A Enables Rigorous DOD Certification and Accreditation Process.

Business Editors/High Tech Writers

ASHBURN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2000

Xacta(TM) delivers first Web-based tool aimed

at reducing the time and cost of the DITSCAP Process

Xacta Corporation, a provider of knowledge management solutions for trusted e-markets resulting in Confident Commerce(TM), today announced Xacta Web-C&A, a web-based tool that provides a consistent implementation of proven risk management processes, guidance, and documentation.

Xacta Web-C&A automates the security certification and accreditation process in a web-based application that perfects security risk assessments, certification test procedure development, system configuration guidance, and residual risk acceptance.

Web-C&A addresses DITSCAP requirements, the Department of Defense's mandatory process which identifies threats and vulnerabilities that pose risk to critical information systems. Rapid changes in technology and hacker threats have dramatically increased the need for DITSCAP compliance. Xacta Web-C&A automates security certification and accreditation and facilitates compliance, thereby improving risk posture and mitigating potential liability for system "owners".

"Most organizations lack fulltime information security policy and engineering professionals needed to complete a meaningful security certification and accreditation program," said Richard Tracy, Senior Vice President of Xacta. "With Xacta Web-C&A, our users will get the guidance, documentation templates and expert support to assist their existing IT personnel. That means internal staff can concentrate on their primary responsibilities while Xacta Web-C&A catalogs and documents your system configuration, threats, vulnerabilities and residual risks."

Certification and Accreditation is Mandatory

DITSCAP is the standard for the DOD security C&A process and must be performed every three years or when major system changes are introduced, whichever occurs first. Non-compliance can put critical business systems and data at risk and leave individuals personally liable.

Free Your Resources

Xacta Web-C&A is a do-it-yourself tool allowing organizations to internally complete the C&A effort, potentially eliminating dependence on costly "time-and-materials" consultants and time-consuming DITSCAP training.

Flexible and Intelligent Solution

Xacta Web-C&A provides the ease-of-use expected with browser-based solutions. At the same time, the dynamic Security Requirements Traceability Matrix (SRTM) allows customization of the application for use at any organization, system, network or application. Moreover, this intelligent solution provides integrated templates and automated processes to guide users through the complex DITSCAP process in an intelligent and efficient manner. Because the business rules and logic are automated, data gathering is always complete and consistent. At the same time, the product offers the ability to override default settings for ultimate flexibility.

Broad Applicability

Xacta Web-C&A is currently applicable to any organization requiring DOD-grade risk management processes and guidance, to include Government organizations who are required to perform periodic security certification and accreditation exercises. The product is currently being expanded to address the needs of commercial organizations looking to certify their security environments and those of their partners while engaging in electronic commerce and e-business.

Availability

Xacta Web-C&A is currently available on a subscription basis through Telos Corporation.

About Xacta

Xacta is a provider of managed solutions for trusted e-markets resulting in Confident Commerce(TM). Focusing on security, process, and content management and automation, Xacta's knowledge management offerings enable organizations to effectively leverage their existing technology to quickly and confidently achieve their e-business objectives. Xacta is a subsidiary of Telos Corporation.
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