Raytheon Awarded Potential $1B DHS Cybersecurity Contract

The DHS contract puts the major defense company in charge of the agency’s Network Security Deployment (NSD) division.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to cybersecurity.

Recently the DHS signed a five-year contract with Raytheon that could be worth $1 billion. Raytheon will be aiding the government in securing its websites, as well as develop and support the Department of Homeland Security and federal agencies using its infrastructure to spot and mitigate cyber attacks, according to iTech Post.

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“With today’s technology, an infinite amount of data is at our fingertips and this increased access brings increased risk,” Raytheon Program Director Valencia Maclin said. “As a premier provider of computer network defense to the nation, we are deeply committed to deliver unrivaled innovation to the federal government.”

The move comes in the wake of a breach at the Office of Personnel Management that resulted in 5.6 million fingerprints being stolen.

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Government websites store incredible amounts of sensitive data, leaving them a prime target for hacks. The report also states that the White House has the Pentagon building a system that can instantly detect security breaches and attack them before hackers can steal sensitive files.

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