Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Strengthen Cybersecurity Across DoD, Intelligence Community Networks

Northrop Grum­man Award­ed $189 Mil­lion Con­tract by Defense Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems Agency to Strength­en Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty Across DoD, Intel­li­gence Com­mu­ni­ty Net­works

MCLEAN, Va. — Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE:NOC) has been award­ed a cyber­se­cu­ri­ty task order by the Defense Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems Agency (DISA) to strength­en cyber­se­cu­ri­ty pro­tec­tions across all Depart­ment of Defense (DoD) and Intel­li­gence Com­mu­ni­ty net­works by imple­ment­ing the Host Based Secu­ri­ty Sys­tem (HBSS) as part of the DoD Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance and Com­put­er Net­work Defense contract. 

The task order was com­pet­i­tive­ly award­ed under the Encore 2 con­tract vehi­cle and is val­ued at $189 mil­lion over a three-year base peri­od with two one-year options. As prime inte­gra­tor, Northrop Grum­man will pro­vide soft­ware license main­te­nance sup­port, train­ing, help desk and archi­tec­tur­al infra­struc­ture sup­port personnel. 

“Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty is one of Northrop Grumman’s four core busi­ness­es due to its vital role in our nation’s defense,” said Karen Williams, vice pres­i­dent of Northrop Grumman’s Defense Tech­nolo­gies Divi­sion. “The HBSS award rein­forces Northrop Grumman’s posi­tion as a top provider of defense-in-depth cyber­se­cu­ri­ty solu­tions across the DoD and intel­li­gence domains.” 

HBSS is the DoD’s com­mer­cial-off-the-shelf suite of auto­mat­ed and stan­dard­ized soft­ware used to pro­vide enhanced host based secu­ri­ty – secu­ri­ty on desk­tops and lap­tops ver­sus at the bound­ary such as routers and switch­es – against both inside and exter­nal threats. 

In Octo­ber 2007, DoD man­dat­ed HBSS for even­tu­al instal­la­tion on all unclas­si­fied and clas­si­fied net­works. Full imple­men­ta­tion of HBSS is crit­i­cal to defend­ing gov­ern­ment net­works from an increas­ing num­ber of sophis­ti­cat­ed cyber attacks. HBSS pro­vides sys­tem admin­is­tra­tors sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments in sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness and dras­ti­cal­ly reduces or elim­i­nates the effec­tive­ness of cyber attacks, ensur­ing vital net­work capa­bil­i­ties are avail­able to warfighters. 

“Our Northrop Grum­man team brings a wealth of cyber­se­cu­ri­ty inte­gra­tion expe­ri­ence and capa­bil­i­ties to help ensure that all five mil­lion end-points are pro­tect­ed across the DoD and intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty,” said Sam Abbate, vice pres­i­dent of defense enter­prise solu­tions for Northrop Grum­man. “We look for­ward to work­ing with DISA to con­tin­ue our sup­port to these com­mu­ni­ties in this crit­i­cal cyber­se­cu­ri­ty function.” 

Under the terms of the con­tract, Northrop Grum­man will pro­vide sup­port in archi­tect­ing, engi­neer­ing, main­tain­ing, deploy­ing and imple­ment­ing the HBSS solu­tion. This includes but is not lim­it­ed to the Com­bat­ant Com­man­ders, Ser­vices, Field Activ­i­ties and Agen­cies and the intel­li­gence community’s net­works and asso­ci­at­ed host platforms. 

Ini­tial work will be per­formed at Fort Meade, Md., with imple­men­ta­tion activ­i­ties across all DoD loca­tions. Northrop Grumman’s team­mates on the con­tract include McAfee, San­ta Clara, Calif., and CDWG, Ver­non Hills, Ill. 

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

Northrop Grum­man is an indus­try leader in all aspects of com­put­er net­work oper­a­tions and cyber secu­ri­ty, offer­ing cus­tomers inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to help secure the nation’s cyber future. For more infor­ma­tion about Northrop Grumman’s cyber­se­cu­ri­ty capa­bil­i­ties, go to:

Northrop Grum­man is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny pro­vid­ing inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers world­wide. Please vis­it for more information. 

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