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[ISN] Government to build $1.5B cybersecurity data center


By Ben Bain
Oct 27, 2009

The federal government will spend an estimated $1.5 billion to build a 
new data center in Utah to support intelligence and defense agenciesâ 
cybersecurity programs, according to state and federal officials.

The National Security Agency will run the center that Utah Gov. Gary 
Herbert said would cost $1.5 billion to build and employ 4,000 to 5,000 
people statewide. The facility will be built at the Utah National 
Guardâs Camp Williams, near Salt Lake City.

Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, 
announced the project Oct. 23 in Utah and he was joined by elected 
officials from the state. âThe new data center we are announcing today 
will support the intelligence communityâs mission in providing foreign 
intelligence about cybersecurity threats,â Gaffney said.

Gaffney also said the center would also be used for information 
assurance efforts related to Defense Department networks and to provide 
technical assistance for the Homeland Security Department as it works to 
secure the governmentâs civilian networks.


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