Mashantucket Pequot company awarded $37 million cybersecurity contract

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has won a $37.5 million contract to support cybersecurity and infrastructure.

The three-year contract was awarded through WWC Global, one of the tribe’s operating companies which it acquired through its holding company earlier this year. The company focuses on the business side of government, which includes budgets, training, and financial management.

The contract will support the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its efforts to manage and reduce risks to the U.S. government’s cyber and physical infrastructure. Lauren Weiner, director of growth at WWC Global, said working with CISA will expand support for clients in the technology sector.

“With more than eighteen years of contract work with federal agencies, we believe our subject matter experts will be an integral part of supporting this US government mission,” Weiner said.

Command Holdings CEO Jon Panamaroff said the contract will help provide services to the Department of Homeland Security. WWC Global will provide product development, analytical support and expertise to identify risks and mitigate potential issues.

“We looked at it as a great enclave and a way to really break into that market,” Panamaroff said. “We really work with them and their financial analysis and project management.”

WWC Global was the recipient of the 2022 Gold Medallion for Hiring Department of Labor Veterans. Panamaroff said about 65% of the company’s workforce identifies as military, military spouse or Native American. In turn, the partnership will create employment opportunities.

“It has added an opportunity for different types of career paths for local people as well as people across the country. We place great emphasis on hiring Native Americans as well as hiring veteran and military spouses,” Panamaroff said.

Panamaroff said the contract allowed the tribe to expand beyond hospitality and games. This is one of the many ways the tribe wishes to expand beyond its business ventures.

“This allows the nation to continue to support our military families and strengthen the government-to-government relationship the nation has as a sovereign tribal nation to the federal government,” Panamaroff said. “We (Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation) being able to provide offerings and services that we believe bring a different level.”

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