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Homeland Security Spending $350M On Secure Network

Department officials want a modern IT infrastructure over which they can send classified information.

Department of Homeland Security IT has signed one of its biggest business-technology contracts with Northrop Grumman Corp. to create the department's proposed Homeland Secure Data Network. The contract has been valued at as much as $350 million if all options are exercised by the end of 2005.

Department officials want a modern IT infrastructure over which they can send classified information. Such a network would be an integral part of plans to consolidate five legacy wide area networks into just one.

According to Homeland Security, the network would significantly enhance the department's ability to interact with other classified networks while simultaneously eliminating its dependence on external networks. It's being designed to be scalable in order to respond to increasing demands for the secure transmission of classified information among government, industry, and academia.

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