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[ISN] Pentagon taps McAfee, Northrop Grumman to teach military cyber pros



http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120307_8878.php

By Aliya Sternstein
Nextgov
03/07/2012

The Pentagon has hired outside help to, among other tasks, train Defense Department cybersecurity professionals on using its networkwide threat-detector, according to contractors awarded the nearly $190 million job. The program, called the Host Based Security System, currently is shielding classified and unclassified Defense networks from WikiLeaks-like data spills, Pentagon officials have said.

Defense giant Northrop Grumman and McAfee, a computer security provider, announced this week that they have been tapped to teach military information security personnel and support contractors how to better operate the McAfee-developed system. After a soldier allegedly transferred volumes of sensitive data to the anti-secrets WikiLeaks website, Pentagon officials said they configured the tool to prohibit the use of CDs and other removable storage devices on the military's classified network.

Northrup began deploying the system departmentwide in 2008. The scope of the team's contract, worth up to $189 million over five years, includes designing the program to counter morphing threats and undertaking what McAfee calls the military's most extensive cybersecurity training program ever. The deal, overseen by the Defense Information Systems Agency, will supply help desk staff and infrastructure support personnel, the contractors said.

"The threats evolve and we continue to evolve ahead of them," Tom Conway, McAfee's federal business development director, said on Tuesday evening.

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