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Northrop Grumman team snags $189m order to secure US military networks

Under the work order, the Northrop Grumman team will continue implementation of the host-based security system (HBSS), which is a commercial-off-the-shelf suite of automated and standardized software that monitors, detects, and counters cyberthreats to US military and intelligence community’s networks, servers, desktops, and laptops.

Northrop Grumman said it has been working on the deployment of HBSS since 2008. The company recently completed deployment of HBSS 3.0 across 263 active-duty US Air Force bases and Air National Guard sites around the world.

The order, which has a three-year base period with two one-year options, was competitively awarded under the $12 billion Encore 2 IT contract vehicle and is part of the DoD Information Assurance and Computer Network Defense contract.

As prime contractor, Northrop Grumman will provide software license maintenance support, training, help desk and architectural infrastructure support personnel. Northrop Grumman's teammates on the contract include McAfee and CDWG. HBSS is based on McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator platform and host intrusion prevention systems.

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