After Main Hack, Pentagon Faucets Personal Sector for Cybersecurity
The U.S. Protection Division plans to rent personal contractors to develop a $600-million-plus pc system for a brand new background verify company being arrange after a safety breach final yr uncovered the private knowledge of almost 22 million individuals, a prime official informed Reuters.
The Pentagon plans to satisfy corporations and request proposals earlier than Sept. 30, the top of fiscal yr 2016, after finalizing necessities for a extra versatile and adaptive alternative, stated Richard Hale, the Pentagon’s deputy chief info officer for cybersecurity.
In an interview with Reuters given late final week, he stated the Pentagon hoped to construct the brand new system as shortly as potential, however its progress can be measured by testing and occasions somewhat than preset dates.
Massive arms makers like Basic Dynamics Corp, Raytheon Co, Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp are anticipated to bid for the work.
The White Home final month arrange a brand new company, the Nationwide Background Investigations Bureau, to switch the Workplace of Personnel Administration’s (OPM) Federal Investigative Providers (FIS), which presently handles greater than 2 million background checks for federal businesses and business.
Nonetheless reeling from the huge OPM hack, the White Home has stated the Pentagon would deal with the brand new company’s info know-how to make sure its safety, however gave no particulars.
The Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 finances proposal consists of $ninety five million in preliminary funding for the system, and foresees $520 million in further spending by way of fiscal 2021, stated Pentagon spokeswoman Military Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Henderson.
Hale stated the brand new system can be developed and constructed over time, with some elements in place by the beginning of fiscal 2018, or sooner if potential.
Hale stated the Pentagon was assured about working with contractors regardless of final yr’s breach.
"We now have various religion within the cleared protection business," he stated. "We consider that we will develop this info know-how with business as safely as we might as if we have been to do the event completely in home."
Hale stated the brand new company’s IT construction can be designed to be versatile sufficient to help no matter new investigative course of the federal government settled on for the brand new background examine company.
The thought was to constantly consider details about individuals with safety clearances, together with "all types of sources" resembling monetary and journey data, he stated.