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[ISN] Utah's $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way

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Date: Fri Jan 07 2011 - 11:14:11 GMT

By Steve Fidel
Deseret News
Jan. 6, 2011

CAMP WILLIAMS -- Thursday's groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National
Security Agency data center is being billed as important in the short
term for construction jobs and important in the long term for Utah's
reputation as a technology center.

"This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during its construction and
development phase," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on Wednesday. "Once
completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent high-paid employees."

Officially named the Utah Data Center, the facility's role in
aggregating and verifying dizzying volumes of data for the intelligence
community has already earned it the nickname "Spy Center." Its really
long moniker is the Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security
Initiative Data Center — the first in the nation's intelligence

A White House document identifies the Comprehensive National
Cyber-security Initiative as addressing "one of the most serious
economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, but one
that we as a government or as a country are not adequately prepared to
counter." The document details a number of technology-related
countermeasures to the security threat.


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