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Lockheed Martin was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Defense's Cyber Crime Center (DC3) to provide the center with technical, functional and managerial support. The work will be conducted through a General Services Administration (GSA) task order that has a ceiling value of $454 million if all options are exercised.
"DC3 faces compelling requirements for superior digital forensics and multimedia lab services, related research, development, test and evaluation, and cyber analytics," DC3 executive director Steve Shirley said in a statement. "Responsive and capable industry mission partners are a significant feature of DC3’s operations. We’re looking forward to a smooth transition as Lockheed Martin becomes a key mission partner, and we’re confident the company’s capabilities will help us succeed in our future challenges."
"The DC3 sets standards for digital evidence processing, analysis, and diagnostics for any DOD investigation that requires computer forensic support to detect, enhance, or recover digital media, including audio and video," writes Military & Aerospace Electronics' Skyler Frink. "The center assists in criminal, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and fraud investigations of the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIOs) and DOD counterintelligence activities."
"Based in the U.S. state of Maryland, the arms manufacturer was itself the victim of a hacker attack last year," The H Security reports. "The company admitted that hackers had carried out a significant and tenacious attack on its own network. However, Lockheed Martin explained that it took aggressive actions to protect all systems and data, and that its system remained secure."
"General Dynamics, which previously ran the centre, lost out on the contract to Lockheed in January, but filed a protest against the decision with the Government Accountability Office," writes The Register's Brid-Aine Parnell. "The company subsequently dropped its complaint after nabbing a subcontract off Lockheed, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters."