A contract potentially worth $1 billion has been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Raytheon Company to be the prime contractor and systems integrator for DHS’s Network Security Deployment (NSD) Division. NSD is responsible for the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), a system providing the vital infrastructure that assists more than 100 federal civilian government agencies with the protection of their networks against advanced cyber threats.
Raytheon said it will lead a team providing full lifecycle development and sustainment support. The period of performance under this single-award, IDIQ contract is five years, with the ability to extend some orders for up to an additional 24 months. The entire contract could be worth about $1 billion.
DHS and the 100+ federal agencies using its infrastructure will draw upon the company’s broad cyber capabilities and 30 years of experience working with defense, intelligence and commercial customers.
As prime contractor for the NSD, Raytheon said it " will help safeguard the .gov domain. The US government has noted that cybersecurity is one of its biggest national security challenges, and the White House has said the country must take "aggressive and decisive steps to protect our networks and information.“
"Today’s cyber threats are increasingly pervasive and serious, and our government and private sector institutions require the best protection possible," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "Raytheon has invested over $3.5 billion in recent years to build our cybersecurity capabilities, and we’re looking forward to bringing the very best and most innovative solutions to the Department of Homeland Security."
"Cybersecurity incidents have increased an average of 66 percent a year worldwide between 2009 and 2014,” Wajsgras added.
Raytheon said it “brings to NSD deep expertise in cybersecurity, with 30 years of domain experience supporting the intelligence community, government agencies and commercial customers. The scope for this contract is to provide NPPD with design, development, and operations/maintenance services in support of the NCPS.”
Raytheon said its "capabilities stem from decades of mission experience and the acquisition of more than 12 cyber companies over the last ten years. The company’s innovations in information sharing, predictive analysis, forensics and situational awareness address multiple areas of national interest."