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

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.

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