Feds to Build Cybersecurity Data Center

NSA Will Run $1.5 Billion Facility Near Salt Lake City A $1.5 billion data center to support intelligence and defense agencies' cybersecurity initiatives will be built at a National Guard camp 26 miles south of Salt Lake City, a senior intelligence official says.

Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, said the facility would provide technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security as part of its mission to secure federal civilian networks. It will be managed by the National Security Agency.

Citing security, Gaffney wouldn't provide details on the type of work to be conducted at the data center. "I can say that it is - the reason why we are doing the center is because of the deep level of technical expertise that's needed to understand the nature of the threats," he said. "And then, how we use that understanding of that threat throughout the intelligence community, Homeland Security, the Defense Department, in order to better secure the nation's infrastructure."

Gaffney said the facility will be build at Camp Williams, a training site operated by the Utah Army National Guard, because of an abundant availability of low cost power, robust communications infrastructure and space.

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