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NSA To Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center
Information Week ^ | 10/29/2009 | J. Nicholas Hoover

Posted on 11/02/2009 1:56:50 PM PST by markomalley

The National Security Agency, whose job it is to protect national security systems, will soon break ground on a data center in Utah that's budgeted to cost $1.5 billion.

The NSA is building the facility to provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity support to defense and civilian agency networks, and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a transcript of remarks by Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, who is responsible for oversight of cyber intelligence activities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

"Our country must continue to advance its national security efforts and that includes improvements in cybersecurity," Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, said in a statement. "As we rely more and more on our communications networks for business, government and everyday use, we must be vigilant and provide agencies with the necessary resources to protect our country from a cyber attack."

The data center will be built at Camp Williams, a National Guard training center 26 miles south of Salt Lake City, which was chosen for its access to cheap power, communications infrastructure, and availability of space, Gaffney said. The complex will comprise up to 1.5 million square feet of building space on 120 to 200 acres, according to the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City.

(Excerpt) Read more at informationweek.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhodhs; bhonsa; campwilliams; cybersecurity; nationalguard; nsa; slc
The realist in me says this is good, considering the threat. And the only way they could put that kind of thing at Ft Meade is to destroy one of the remaining golf courses (and they've already taken one for the new DISA Headquarters).

But with Ø in charge, my tinfoil hat is never far away...

1 posted on 11/02/2009 1:56:50 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I am all for not spending $1.5 Billion dollars on the local economy of MARYLAND, period....UTAH? Good as any......Guess this is really gonna piss of the LDS haters...


2 posted on 11/02/2009 1:59:47 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

In a related story, the $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center to be built has reportedly already been hacked.


3 posted on 11/02/2009 1:59:52 PM PST by green pastures
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To: markomalley

How did Robert Byrd let that one not be built in WV?


4 posted on 11/02/2009 2:01:30 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: markomalley
...and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security,

Translation: They're going to work on ways to crack SSL, evesdrop on Skype conversations, get into foreign bank accounts, etc.

5 posted on 11/02/2009 2:06:37 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: markomalley

Utah? Do they know something we don’t?


6 posted on 11/02/2009 2:09:03 PM PST by silverleaf (Ours is the only country on earth with a ventriloquist dummy for President)
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To: markomalley
You would think finding the new location would be pretty important to any terrorist making plans.

SO LET'S JUST TELL THEM WHERE IT IS!

The data center will be built at Camp Williams, a National Guard training center 26 miles south of Salt Lake City,

WHY NOT INCLUDE A GOOGLE MAP AS WELL?

7 posted on 11/02/2009 2:09:39 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: markomalley

They’ll need something to house Skynet in :-)


8 posted on 11/02/2009 2:10:10 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Proud to be an American, where I least I know I'm free!)
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To: Gaffer

It all boils down th this: Are you more likely to find good employees in Greenbelt, MD. or outside Salt Lake? Greenbelt is FULL of illegals and uneducated individuals. Utah has a lot of well educated straight people and a slight problem with illegals.


9 posted on 11/02/2009 2:15:44 PM PST by WellyP
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To: WellyP

I totally agree with you. I don’t have anything against Mormons, LDS’ers, etc.....My main concern is that the $1.5 Billion NOT be spent to improve the economy of ANY New England, NE state/city/locale, period.


10 posted on 11/02/2009 2:19:51 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: TexasCajun
SO LET'S JUST TELL THEM WHERE IT IS!

No need to tell them. They will outsource the construction and decryption to China, and locate the call-center in India. That will free up time for the employees in the US to make diversity banners to hang in the lobby.

11 posted on 11/02/2009 2:32:16 PM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
How did Robert Byrd let that one not be built in WV?

It will be located in the newly renamed "Robert Byrd State of Utah".

12 posted on 11/02/2009 2:45:07 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Nepolean fries the idea powder)
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To: markomalley

Simply moving out from behind ememy lines in time for the coming scrum...


13 posted on 11/02/2009 2:49:10 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: markomalley

WOW!

$1.5 billion to criminalize and shut down conservative bloggers and other Obama critics on the web.


14 posted on 11/02/2009 3:11:57 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

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15 posted on 11/02/2009 3:18:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: TexasCajun; stripes1776

The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site, according to three current and former government officials.

President Obama said in May that government efforts to protect computer systems from attack would not involve "monitoring private-sector networks or Internet traffic," and Department of Homeland Security officials say the new program will scrutinize only data going to or from government systems.

But the program has provoked debate within DHS, the officials said, because of uncertainty about whether private data can be shielded from unauthorized scrutiny, how much of a role NSA should play and whether the agency's involvement in warrantless wiretapping during George W. Bush's presidency would draw controversy. Each time a private citizen visited a "dot-gov" Web site or sent an e-mail to a civilian government employee, that action would be screened for potential harm to the network.

"We absolutely intend to use the technical resources, the substantial ones, that NSA has. But . . . they will be guided, led and in a sense directed by the people we have at the Department of Homeland Security," the department's secretary, Janet Napolitano, told reporters in a discussion about cybersecurity efforts.

Under a classified pilot program approved during the Bush administration, NSA data and hardware would be used to protect the networks of some civilian government agencies. Part of an initiative known as Einstein 3, the plan called for telecommunications companies to route the Internet traffic of civilian agencies through a monitoring box that would search for and block computer codes designed to penetrate or otherwise compromise networks.

AT&T, the world's largest telecommunications firm, was the Bush administration's choice to participate in the test, which has been delayed for months as the Obama administration determines what elements to preserve, former government officials said. The pilot program was to have begun in February.

"To be clear, Einstein 3 development is proceeding," DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said. "We are moving forward in a way that protects privacy and civil liberties."

Source: WaPo

More on Einstein 3 from Wired (extract not posted per FR rules)

Why SLC? If I am not mistaken (and I may well be), there is a whole lot of fiber (to include legacy UUNET) going through that area.


16 posted on 11/02/2009 3:28:09 PM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: WellyP; Gaffer
Are you more likely to find good employees in Greenbelt, MD. or outside Salt Lake?

As an FYI, Ft. Meade is located between Laurel and Odenton MD (just south of BWI airport).

Greenbelt is about 20 miles away.

I would think the more pertinent question, though, would be "are you more likely to find 100-200 people that are already full scope poly cleared in Maryland or Utah?"

I don't know what the answer to that one would be...

17 posted on 11/02/2009 3:33:07 PM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: TexasCajun

“SO LET’S JUST TELL THEM WHERE IT IS!”

The real one is in the basement of the Mormon Tabernacle where they house the genealogy supercomputers. That’s also where they control the Mormon satellite network and mind-control beams.

This “NSA” story is just a cover and will simply be a place to put the backup storage and archive the paper files.


18 posted on 11/02/2009 3:35:48 PM PST by RFEngineer
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To: Iron Munro

$1.5 billion dollars to be wasted in a tsunami of cyber attacks from patriotic nationalist groups.


19 posted on 11/02/2009 3:40:26 PM PST by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: SeeSharp

“They’re going to work on ways to crack SSL, evesdrop on Skype conversations, get into foreign bank accounts, etc.”

Why would they want to build a new data center to do what they have already done... years ago?


20 posted on 11/02/2009 4:22:14 PM PST by PIF
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To: Gaffer

Hmmm... this sounds good to me. I may have to look into moving to Utah - I just may be able to grab a job in this field.


21 posted on 11/02/2009 5:41:59 PM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: TexasCajun

Yeah, funny how they worked that issue out, huh???


22 posted on 11/02/2009 6:40:24 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: SeeSharp

No need to crack SSL. It has to terminate somewhere. Just buy off/bribe/threaten whichever service it terminates at and work backwards from there (i.e Privacy.li wasn’t so private after all).

If they want to impress...crack PGP, Truecrypt or Drivecrypt (twofish).


23 posted on 11/02/2009 10:46:46 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: markomalley

Is 1.5 billion ENOUGH for such a center??


24 posted on 11/03/2009 5:19:36 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: 2harddrive

NSA budget is fudged and classified .....very interesting


25 posted on 02/26/2010 12:29:05 AM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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