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Symantec to Shore Up Intranet for Navy, Marines

Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec Corp. Thursday was the winner of the contract to provide security for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corp's organization-wide intranet.

According to the companies, Symantec will provide a significant portion of the security components including firewall, virus protection, content filtering, vulnerability assessment and intrusion detection solutions to safeguard the technology services for Department of the Navy civilians, sailors and Marines using the intranet.

Under a subcontract from EDS, Raytheon is responsible for the overall network security and information assurance of the intranet under a separate contract. EDS and Raytheon will make use of a number of Symantec security solutions spanning all levels of information technology appliances and applications, including: Norton AntiVirus, which protects systems from viruses and other forms of malicious code; NetProwler and Raptor Firewall, which detect intruders across networks; I-Gear and Mail-Gear, which ensure secure e-mail; and Enterprise Security Manager, Expert, Retriever, which test systems for vulnerability potential.

Tim Bashara, NMCI program director for Raytheon Co.'s Secure Networks, said the deal will do well to shore up voice, video and data services for the military branches.

"We are pleased to be chosen to participate in a major intranet initiative of this scale and look forward to contributing our unique security expertise and cutting-edge products to safeguard data and systems throughout the Navy and Marine Corps," said Vince Steckler, vice president, Public Sector at Symantec.

While financial terms of the deal were not made public, the deal is a nice score for Symantec, which jockeys for position among such security providers as Baltimore Technologies and Trend Micro. Last October, EDS penned the deal that would become the largest federal information technology contract in history, valued at more than $4.1 billion for five years. With an additional three-year option, the contract is valued at more than $6.9 billion.

Symantec would stand to get a nice bit of cash from Raytheon because its resources will be used to seal the security of U.S. armed forces branches -- no minor task.