AT&T, National Labor Relations Board complete task order for Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions program

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Under an EIS contract, AT&T completes the delivery of managed trusted internet protocol services (MTIPS) to the National Labor Relations Board. (Pixabay)

AT&T announced on Tuesday that it had completed the delivery of managed trusted internet protocol services (MTIPS) to the National Labor Relations Board. The MTIPS task order was delivered in March under the General Services Administration's new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) technology procurement program.

AT&T said in its press release that it was the first task order completed by an agency and vendor under EIS. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) can also buy additional technology capabilities from AT&T using the pricing structures offered under EIS.

AT&T's MTIPS service provides NLRB cyber security protections that support inbound and outbound network traffic to and from the public internet as well as across NLRB intranet sites. It includes integration with a capability called Open Threat Exchange (OTX) that provides open access to a global community of threat researchers and security professionals. Sec

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OTX delivers community-generated threat data, enables collaborative research and automates the process of updating security infrastructure with threat data from any source. By sharing information across service providers, vendors and enterprises, the telecommunications industry can better detect and mitigate security threats.

MTIPS was developed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to allow U.S. Federal agencies to physically and logically connect to the public Internet and other external connections in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) initiative.

OMB's TIC initiative was designed to limit the number of access points to federal agency networks to help improve the government's ability to monitor and manage malicious network traffic.

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

"We were able to help the National Labor Relations Board fortify its network against cyberattacks in a matter of weeks after receiving the initial Task Order," said Chris Smith, Vice President – Civilian Agencies and Shared Services, AT&T Global Public Sector, in a statement. "Our work with the National Labor Relations Board underscores the ease and speed with which we are able to transition agencies to EIS."

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

AT&T has recently come under fire from the Communications Workers of America union over its decision to cut 3,400 technician and clerical jobs in the coming weeks.

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While AT&T didn't say how much the contract with NLRB was worth, CenturyLink has announced several EIS-related partnerships for government IT contracts that were, in some cases, worth billions of dollars.

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