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Northrop Grumman gets US-CERT deal

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The Department of Homeland Security awarded a five-year contract worth as much as $350 million to Northrop Grumman to provide services to the department’s cyberattack response team.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract will support DHS' U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, the operational arm of the agency's National Cyber Security Division.

US-CERT analyzes and reports on cyberthreats and coordinates incidence response among the federal government, intelligence community, international partners, state and local agencies, law enforcement, and the private sector.

Northrop Grumman did not elaborate on the specific services it would provide, although sources familiar with the contract said it is unrelated to the company's recent award under DHS' continuous diagnostics and mitigation contracts.

In mid-January, Northrop Grumman was one of 17 companies selected to provide CDM services under a multiple-award contract that could be worth as much as $6 billion. Four companies received task orders worth $60 million; Northrop Grumman's order was valued at $15.8 million.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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