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Lockheed Scores $395M DHS Cyber Contract

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Contracting giant Lockheed Martin has snagged a cyber support contract with the Homeland Security Department worth hundreds of millions of dollars. 

The $395 million contract, lasting up to seven years on an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity basis, is for the support of DHS' Security Operations Center, which would monitor cyber activity and potential intrusions across the department. The Next Generation SOC would let DHS "monitor, detect, analyze, mitigate and [respond] to cyber threats and adversarial activity," according to a draft request for proposals from last year. 

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Lockheed will provide the management, labor and materials for the SOC, the solicitation said. Though each DHS component has its own security operations center and would "retain primary responsibility" for detecting intrusions and incidents internally, that data would be fed into the larger SOC, according to the department. 

Lockheed would need to interpret information about emerging threats, synthesizing data from security firms, the intelligence community, government agencies and foreign governments, among other sources, according to the RFP.

The SOC was created to comply with a Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7, whose goals in preventing terrorist attacks included establishing a "single point of reporting and management for information security incidents across the DHS Enterprise," according to DHS. 

The contract's base ordering period lasts for one year, with six subsequent optional year-long ordering periods. 

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