NSA Breaks Ground on Cybersecurity Center

$1.2 billion, 1-Million-Square-Foot Facility Being Built in Utah
NSA Breaks Ground on Cybersecurity Center
Ground was broken Thursday on the Utah Data Center, a $1.2 billion, 1 million-square-foot cybersecurity center being built for the National Security Agency at Camp Williams near Salt Lake City.

The NSA, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies are expected to use the facility to help identify cyber threats and protect national IT security networks after construction is completed in about three years.

Secrecy is expected to shroud the center, with the groundbreaking being one of the public's last chances to take an open look at the project, according to the Tribune, the local paper. "We've been asked not to talk about the project," Rob Moore, president and chief operating officer of Big-D Construction, told the paper. His company is among a group of contractors building the facility. The Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the project.

Once completed, the center will employee between 100 and 200 people, many with expertise in information technology, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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