U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Press Release April 12, 2004
Contact: Press Office 202-282-8010
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Development of
the Homeland Secure Data Network
(Washington, DC) Apr. 12, 2004 - The U.S. Department of Homeland
Security today announced a contract to initiate the implementation
of the Homeland Secure Data Network (HSDN). The HSDN will provide
DHS officials with a modern IT infrastructure for securely communicating
classified information. When completed the HSDN will be a private,
certified, and accredited network that will fully support the mission
goals of the department.
DHS has selected Northrop Grumman to design, implement, and operate
the HSDN. The General Services Administration (GSA) made the award
through the GSA Millennia contract at a potential value of over
$350 million if all options are exercised by the end of 2005.
“The Homeland Secure Data Network will provide DHS personnel
and their partners with a 21st century information technology infrastructure
for securely communicating classified information,” said
Homeland Security Secretary Ridge. “The HSDN lays the foundation
to consolidate five legacy wide-area networks down to one network
for both classified and unclassified information, leading to one
infrastructure – the first phase of which will be completed
by the end of this year.”
The HSDN will significantly
enhance DHS’ capability to interact
with other classified networks while simultaneously eliminating
the department’s dependence on networks external to DHS.
Looking to the future, the HSDN will be designed to be scalable
in order to respond to increasing demands for the secure transmission
of classified information among government, industry, and academia
crucial to defending America from terrorist attacks.