On September 9, 2021, Hometown Connections, Inc. (HCI) published a Request for Quote (RFQ) REF#: HCI_MDR_VMS_RFQ_0827. HCI is soliciting quotes from qualified vendors offering Managed Detection and Response Solutions (MDR) & Vulnerability Management Systems (VMS) that meet the identified cybersecurity requirements of community-owned utilities. HCI seeks to partner with the selected vendor(s) to provide these solutions / systems.
Cybersecurity for Community-Owned Utilities
HCI is a national, non-profit utility services organization serving community-owned utilities. A single source for many utility products and services, the team of HCI consultants and vendor partners provides affordable and high-quality solutions to help utilities transform business operations, planning, employee engagement, the customer experience, and much more. All of HCI’s services and deliverables are scalable based on the size and objectives of the utility. HCI is committed to operational and service excellence.
HCI and its partners help utilities address their cybersecurity, physical security, and cyber liability needs.
Through a comprehensive national marketing program, HCI features vendor partners in a broad array of online and in-person promotional activities. HCI facilitates business development for vendors, providing introductions to key personnel at individual utilities and joint action agencies.
As described in the RFQ document, HCI’s customer base consists of utilities of all sizes and configurations. Therefore, the ultimate solution should be flexible enough to be able to scale from a small to a large municipality. Responses will be evaluated on capabilities and pricing by a team comprised of joint action agency member owners of HCI. The successful vendor(s) will be invited to proceed to more specific negotiation on contract development and a partnership arrangement with HCI.
Click HERE to download the RFQ.
HCI intends the selection process to proceed as outlined below; however, it reserves the right to modify the dates herein if necessary.
|Date of Issue||September 9, 2021|
|Deadline for respondent to submit clarifications||September 17, 2021|
|Deadline for submission||October 1, 2021|
|Responses to be evaluated.|
Some respondents will be invited to present solution to HCI.
|October 4 – 15, 2021|
All Respondents confirming their participation in the RFQ process should send their notice of intent to respond to the attention of Craig Kibler, firstname.lastname@example.org.