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The center will provide intelligence and warnings on cyber security threats when complete

In today's modern world, communications and access to network resources are a vital part of our infrastructure and our defense capability. An increasing number of cyber security threats pose a risk to our country by disrupting communications and data networks at home.

To help combat the risk of cyber security threats, the NSA is set to build a new $1.5 billion cyber security data center to help provide intelligence and warnings related to cyber security threats across the government. InformationWeek reports that the NSA will soon break ground on the project in Utah. The data center will also support and help civilian agencies and offer technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah said, "Our country must continue to advance its national security efforts and that includes improvements in cyber security. 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 location for the data center is Camp Williams, which is a National Guard Training center 26 miles south of Salt Lake City. InformationWeek reports that the location was chosen for its ability to access cheap power, communications infrastructure, and availability of space. The complex will eventually have 1.5 million square feet of space on 120 to 200 acres.

The data center will need 30-megawatts of power, will be cooled by chilled water, and have T3 or near carrier grade reliability. A conference will be hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of engineers  in Salt Lake City to provide further details on the data center building and the plans for the facility.

The construction of the data center will employ between 5,000 and 10,000 workers and the data center will employ between 100 and 200 workers when complete.

The U.S. Military announced it was creating its new cyber defense department in June with plans for the new unit to be operational this month.

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Ultimate Honeypot
By nafhan on 10/30/2009 11:37:05 AM , Rating: 4
I would imagine this will be the ultimate target for a lot of hacker groups, and could potentially decrease the number of attacks elsewhere just by it's mere existence.

RE: Ultimate Honeypot
By RjBass on 10/30/2009 12:00:32 PM , Rating: 2
This I agree with.

RE: Ultimate Honeypot
By Regs on 10/30/2009 12:59:46 PM , Rating: 4
1970's or so -- we're planning to design a network that has no central data center,hub, or other location. "A network of networks". All the information will be shared and interconnected. This is so if one network goes down, we still have all other independent networks operational.

2010-- We're going to construct a central data and processing center that routes to all networks in the United States. We also seem to be running a little short on red tape.....

RE: Ultimate Honeypot
By TSS on 10/30/2009 12:51:17 PM , Rating: 2
Partially. You don't hack the NSA unless your willing to go to jail for a very long time, if your lucky. I hear they don't want to be messed with.

i for one would like to see more info. What, exactly, is a cyber threat to the government?

Somebody voicing their discontent with the current government is obviously a threat to that government, doing it via a blog makes it a cyberthreat.....

I agree there needs to be some sort of cyber security. I'm just worried on how it can be abused.

RE: Ultimate Honeypot
By rdeegvainl on 10/30/2009 2:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
A cyber threat to the US government would most likely be coming from another country, where they would have little chance to prosecute the offender, i.e. China, that would affect the security of the country, and the secrecy of it's organizations, not just the current administration.

RE: Ultimate Honeypot
By Jaybus on 10/30/2009 3:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Prosecution?? I would imagine it would be more like counter-attack.

RE: Ultimate Honeypot
By White Widow on 10/30/2009 6:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
i for one would like to see more info. What, exactly, is a cyber threat to the government?"

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