Booz Allen Hamilton Awarded Cybersecurity Contract
McLean, Virginia-based Booz Allen Hamilton was recently given a two-year $71.5 million contract to perform internet research and engineering tasks for the U.S. Navy, The Associated Press reports.
According to the news provider, the defense contractor said that the contract has a chance to be extended for up to five years, which could put its total value close to $190 million.
As part of the contract, responsibilities for defense and intelligence jobs will reportedly include developing and testing software and integrating systems with the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, the news source said.
The Pacific division is the major development and research center for the Navy, and is constantly looking for ways to increase its cybersecurity, the company said.
Due to the sensitive nature of many such intelligence and defense jobs with private companies or within various government agencies such as the Defense Security Service, job candidates typically need to receive security clearance to be considered for such positions.
Obtaining security clearance entails a number of requirements including undergoing a lifestyle polygraph test.