Grant Sarver July 2, 2020

Though our society has been reliant on the Internet for some time now, its use is imperative now. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to meet, order, and hangout all online. It seems as though our entire lives are spent in front of a screen now. The government is no exception with its vast online networks. However, those online systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks, which have been on the rise. Now more than ever Internet security is vital.

The State of California’s Office of Emergency Services is soliciting proposals from contractors to assess its 911 network for vulnerabilities. According to the request for proposal, “The Contractor will complete an evaluation of the disaster recovery and cyber-related vulnerability/risk assessment to ensure the NG 9-1-1 system possesses the highest degree of resiliency, reliability, redundancy and serviceability.” Bids for this opportunity are due by July 15 at 3pm PDT.


Within California, the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Building and Safety is also looking for a contractor to assess its networks for security risks. The contractor will produce biannual reports assessing the systems and recommending fixes to observed vulnerabilities. The Department may also need services in the case of a security breach. Proposals are due by July 30 at 10am PDT.

Cybersecurity contracts can be big bucks due to their critical importance. Cyberwarfare has become a real threat in recent years. Russia has been accused of meddling in elections around the world. Hackers have also gained access to millions of people’s personal information. The world’s increased online presence during this pandemic will require increased security. 

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.