Dozens of companies are vying for contracts to be part of the Department of Homeland Security's new shopping hub where federal, state, and local agencies can buy services to protect their computer networks, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report.
As many as five companies will be awarded contracts by the General Services Administration, BusinessWeek reported on Tuesday. The $6 billion figure is the maximum value of those contracts, which can be as long as five years. BusinessWeek has confirmed major defense and government contractors Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and Computer Sciences Corp. have also submitted bids.
"We're not talking about buying pencils; we're talking about an advanced technology architecture system," Michael Carpenter, president of U.S. sales for McAfee, told Bloomberg BusinessWeek. McAfee is one of the companies interested in being part of the program.
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