National Security Agency to Build Cybersecurity Complex

November 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The National Security Agency is ready to break ground on a massive cybersecurity data center, to provide intelligence support and warnings on national cybersecurity threats. The data center will be constructed in Utah at the National Guard training center of Camp Williams, providing construction jobs for up to 10,000 workers, and permanently employing between 100 and 200 analysts.

According to a budget document for the data center, the cybersecurity center will take up 1.5 million square feet of building space on 120 to 200 acres of land, with access to cheap power and an already in place, communications infrastructure.

The 30-megawatt data center will make use of environmentally friendly features, such as cooling the building using chilled water.

According to Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, the cybersecurity center will provide assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, as well as defense and civilian agency networks.

Gaffney noted that any monitoring activities would be in compliance with the law.

“We will accomplish this in full compliance with the U.S. Constitution and federal law and while observing strict guidelines that protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people,” Gaffney said.

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