SC3: Spearheading IT Innovations within Federal Agencies

David Page, CEO Do more with less” graces its eternal presence on CIO check list. It holds particularly true for a federal CIO who has to deal with shrinking budgets and increasing demands to provide services, meet regulatory controls, and achieve mission success. This is in tune with the shift of government contracting landscape towards Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) bids.

Many government technology vendors saw an opportunity in these low contracting bids which consequently lowered the overall federal IT market value. For instance, the industry has seen a reduction in the number of federal workers and a transition towards cheaper mobile devices that cut down the spending on equipments. The proliferation of shared services and cloud-based IT systems further reduced the services spending on after support and maintenance. Set against this backdrop, Alexandria-based SC3 is a fine example of a company that is helping federal CIOs with their ever-ending quest for offering more with less. The company understands that reducing costs and improving efficiency is a primary consideration of public agencies, and helps clients realign their business strategies to focus on delivering measurable value with predictability. “When SC3 meets with a federal customer, our goal is not to sell a particular product, rather it is to learn what is keeping the CIO up at night, the things the CIO wants to fix, improve, or eliminate, and how we can help,” remarks David Page, CEO, SC3.

Meeting the End-to-End IT needs of Federal Agencies

The company supports federal agencies in defense, intelligence, and civil markets. SC3 is one of the few companies that can provide the entire spectrum of support—conceptualization and design, procurement and development, integration and testing, and ongoing support—that federal agencies’ specialized missions require. For instance, one of the specific areas for innovation the public sector wants to leverage is big data analytics. “Federal CIOs collect voluminous amount of mostly fragmented data; making sense of this fragmented data options is extremely difficult when applied at such a large scale,” says Page. “With many of our clients facing this problem, we created a solution to help them with large-scale analytics.”

SC3 partnered with premium data providers to allow CIOs to discover, organize, and analyze competitive information from multiple sources in one place and reduce their overall spend on data and tools up to half. The tool was designed to fully automate the routine aspects of information collection, thereby allowing analysts to focus on what's really important by freeing them to spend their valuable time developing actionable insights that only a human brain can produce. “Our strategic and management consulting services focus on improving performance and allowing federal agencies to become efficient, thereby maximizing their ROI while achieving mission success,” states Page.
Whether these challenges come from changes in technology, complying with government mandates and legislation, or providing quality services to stakeholders, SC3 partners with each of the agency to take an honest and holistic “As-Is” view of the projects. “We level-set outcomes and deliverables, define what success will look like, and design a plan to achieve that success,” says Page. As a trusted and value-added partner, SC3 leverages the right balance of people, processes, and technology to design distinct strategic outcomes.

Transforming IT Infrastructure for Federal Civil Agencies

SC3 has proven itself to be a partner of choice for customers in federal civilian agencies. The company has a team of IT and strategic consulting professionals who understands the nuances of government contracting and the federal technology environment. SC3 helps its government clients maximize their resources by providing alternatives that enable them to move from capital expenditures to operational expenditures. The migration of government- owned equipment and licensing to cloud-based and managed services provide cost savings to the taxpayer and enable an agency to devote its budgets to meeting the mission.


We evaluate new technology in a secure virtual environment called IDcloud, an anonymous virtual network that protects its users from the dangers of the internet


Additionally, many of the once-government- owned functions can now safely be migrated to commoditized services. As such, the government is no longer tasked with securing the hardware and software to run their email. It is a basic commodity for which the government can now pay as they go and for only what they need. In one instance, SC3 helped General Services Administration (GSA) save IT expenditures. The company was sought by GSA to establish a service desk that handles more than 500,000 contracts a year. Over a 45 day period, SC3 transitioned and consolidated 39 contracts and 15 separate Help Desks into one contract and one Help Desk, thereby saving the GSA $17 million a year over five years. SC3 introduced ITIL service delivery and technical innovations that are cost-effective and enhance performance while minimizing potential operational impacts and disruptions. “These innovations reduced GSA’s expenditures from greater than $70 million to $40 million per year,” states Page.

Imparting its IT prowess to National Security, Intelligence and Defense Challenges

SC3 provides tailored solutions to the most complex challenges government clients face in the national security, intelligence, and defense communities. The agencies partner with SC3 to protect critical networks and infrastructure, investigate criminal activities, secure critical communications, target terrorists or narcotics traffickers, or analyze sensitive intelligence. SC3 takes a personal approach as the company tailors technology, security, operational and analytical support, and strategic consulting services to
the unique needs of its clients in the national security space.The company leverages best-of-breed tool suites in cybersecurity and its analysts effectively analyze network traffic through advanced Packet Capture (PCAP) techniques. “Our team of cybersecurity experts is able to analyze a network, optimize the network configuration, identify vulnerabilities, and even help mitigate risk through advanced risk analysis,” says Page.

A key component of defending a network is to probe for weaknesses and SC3’s technical experts with skills that match up to IT experts of national level cyber security agencies contently evaluate operational networks in use worldwide for any analogies. These skills are applied to the latest network gears to provide clients with insights into the most secure products on the market. “We also provide vendor neutrality; we do not partner with any network product vendors to give a true independent assessment. Certification, assessment and testing are conducted on premises or remotely, according to client’s needs.” SC3 monitors and ensures consistent network uptime for any client. The company employs intrusion detection systems that monitor inconsistencies while protect the network to give clients a safe environment to operate in. Also, SC3 has built and maintained several Innovation Labs (iLab) to create new solutions for cyber security. Through its iLab, SC3 develops tests and reverse engineers many technologies such as ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), websites, software codes, and firmwares. “We evaluate new technology in a secure virtual environment called IDcloud, an anonymous virtual network that protects its users from the dangers of the internet.” In addition to government services area, SC3 provides cutting-edge competitive intelligence, intellectual property protection, and strategic management consulting to over 215 commercial clients, including several Fortune 500 companies, in 23 countries around the world.

Adding more Feathers to SC3 Technology Expertise

“Although ‘cloud’ has become the buzzword today, most organizations have conflicting meanings of what a cloud is and how it could impact their mission,” says Page. SC3 is working to establish multiple locations for their technology centers, including commercial providers, partner labs, and government-funded facilities, in order to demonstrate some proven methods of leveraging a cloud-based architecture for true mission utilization. “Another focus area is the ability to quickly and easily deploy and manage opensource software,” states Page.

SC3 is working with open-source support companies to build and demonstrate methods that can leverage community knowledge and reuse established processes and patterns to reduce integration time and costs for the customer. “Careful tracking and metrics will be used to determine the feasibility and true cost of open-source software in applicable mission areas.” SC3 has a growth plan for the future that focuses on moving up the ladder, providing highly qualified software development, technology consulting, and cyber defense services to defense and civilian customers. Within the National Security and Commercial division, SC3 is focused on expanding its current capabilities portfolio to include operational and analytic training throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). “Going forward we want to be a recognized leader in the intelligence, defense and civilian communities by providing cutting edge operational, technical and consulting solutions,” concludes Page.

Company
SC3

Headquarters
Alexandria, VA

Management
David Page, CEO

Description
Provider of high-end mission support, consulting and technology solutions to the federal government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets