HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass.,
Officials here cut the ribbon on a new facility at Hanscom that will improve cyber testing and integration with less expense.
While the facility at Hanscom is new, the
"This is a big deal as we move toward a more consolidated approach," said Maj. Gen.
The Gateway Integration Facility is a workshop for cyber integration and testing. It contains hardware and software that serve as a security boundary between the
"We estimate a savings of nearly a million dollars per year," said Capt.
Additionally, once the Hanscom site becomes fully operational, the
By moving onto base, the
"The group has been an excellent partner in this endeavor and the facility is an ideal environment for the advancements we will be making in cyber security," said Col.
The Hanscom site provides the capacity to house 40 racks of equipment, uninterrupted power supplies, electrical infrastructure, air conditioning and generator-backed power.
By assuming control of the Gateway Integration Facility, the program office will directly control cost, schedule and performance of modernizations of the Gateway's hardware, software, patches, test and configurations. It will also serve as the primary location for validating, verifying security and time-compliance technical orders - all aspects that will have a direct impact on cyber security and the overall efficiency of the center, according to program officials.
"In addition, having the Gateway Integration Facility on base will also allow some smaller upgrade and support efforts to be done in-house, shortening turnaround time," Wells said.
But, there are other advantages of being located at Hanscom besides cost and control.
The site is working toward accreditation through another testing facility on base -- the CEIF -- to gain
It also puts the responsibility of system integration into the hands of the
"The government decides who integrates what and when and at what cost," the transition program manager said.
With the ribbon cut and the doors to the Gateway Integration Facility officially open, the ceremony drew to a close -- but not before one final address.
"The work that happens within these walls is critical to cyber security," Polakowski said. "It enables the first line of defense from cyber threats to the
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