New cyber security program to be based in Illinois

Illinois lost a bid to Missouri for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA, location earlier this year. But that’s not the only operation the United States has to combat cyber threats and aid the U.S. military around the globe.

The ribbon was cut Thursday at the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) near Scott Air Force Base.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said people may count airplanes outside to judge the base’s health, but he said there’s another front in national security the base is leading the charge–cyber security. “When you see this building you may not see airplanes. But you’re going to see a facility that is right smack dab in the middle of this cyber war.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner said the $100 million commitment was hard to come by in the current economy, but it’s something that will help defend the country from cyber threats. “This facility will help expand our war on cyber attacks, cyber terrorism, and more effective communications for our military around the world using the internet.”

DISA Director Lt. General Alan Lynn said the facility will play an important role in not just keeping America safe but helping keep troops safe while serving around the globe. “The men and women of DISA Global are crucial to ensuring our nation’s war fighters have effective IT support and communications networks that are available, trusted and operational at all times.”

Rauner said DISA is also crucial to help drive innovation and technology for Illinois’ economy. “Innovation of technology, creative uses of software and the internet will create many jobs in the future, and we want more of those jobs here in Illinois. So this is a great day in this ribbon cutting to celebrate.”

DISA will be home to more than 1,000 military and civilian employees.

–Illinois News Network

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