The United States Patent and Trademark Office has chosen a new agency-wide provider of cybersecurity support services: Dallas-headquartered Jacobs.
For the USPTO’s 18,000-person workforce, Jacobs will cover all systems in the enterprise IT environment, while focusing on managing and improving the organizational performance of cybersecurity. According to Jacobs, that includes: risk management framework, technical and administrative support, continuous monitoring, vulnerability assessment, threat analytics, and security engineering.
Jacobs will leverage its team experience and tools to support the USPTO’s systems, according to the company’s Critical Mission Solutions SVP of Cyber Caesar Nieves. Jacobs will also be recommending cybersecurity best practices and identifying process improvement opportunities.
Nieves said Jacobs is a “premier provider of national security-grade cybersecurity solutions that ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the world’s most sensitive networks, systems and data.” Those capabilities will allow the team to improve the security posture of the USPTO’s mission critical systems and applications, which are a critical component of the U.S. economy.
The USPTO—one of the five largest IP offices in the world—is the issuing authority for all intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks in the U.S. Its $29 million contract with Jacobs will last three years.
Jacobs’ mission is to challenge today by reinventing tomorrow. Its professional services for the government and private sector include consulting, technical, scientific, and project delivery.
In November, Jacobs announced a global branding overhaul that represents its shift from engineering and construction to becoming a technology-forward solutions company. The transition resulted in a name change to Jacobs Solutions Inc. and a NYSE stock ticker edit from “JEC” to “J.”
Jacobs most recently shifted some of its contracts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create mobile hospitals in “hot zones” nationwide, and is working with the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand on healthcare operations.
Also during the global health crisis, senior executives and board members decided to take 10 percent pay cuts to help Jacobs reach a donation of $1 million toward virus mitigation.
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