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United States : ILLINOIS military base gets to play even larger cybersecurity role

July 15, 2014



A military base in southwestern Illinois has been chosen to play an even larger role securing the US in cyberspace.

The Air Force has decided to invsest $16 million in the reconfiguration of existing buildings at Scott Air Force Base to house two new cyber squadrons.

Staging attacks on enemy networks when that seems necessary, they'll help secure military and civilian networks.

As it houses the Defense Information Systems Agency, which is the military's Internet service provider, the nearly 100 years-old base outside Mascoutah already has a role in cybersecurity.

Existing cyber activities also include safeguarding the U.S. Transportation Command.

The new squadrons will not only strengthen the base's position as a center of national cybersecurity. They'll also enhance the area's economy by generating 320 military and civilian jobs.

The CEO of EventTracker, which helps the military watch for online attacks, A.N. Ananth, said : "The investment the government is making there will be central to the Department of Defense for a long time to come."


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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