The Einstein system — which has been rolled out across more than 100 civilian federal networks — acts as a next-generation firewall, blocking known threat vectors at the ISP level and detecting anomalous traffic. Raytheon will be helping to upgrade and maintain the system under the five-year Development, Operations and Maintenance (DOMino) contract.

Along with maintenance, the development part of the contract will include upgrading DHS's intrusion detection, analytics, information sharing and intrusion prevention capabilities, according to Lee.

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"Today's cyber threats are increasingly pervasive and serious and our government and private sector institutions require the best protection possible," Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said after the contract was awarded. "Raytheon has invested over $3.5 billion in recent years to build our cybersecurity capabilities, and we're looking forward to bringing the very best and most innovative solutions to the Department of Homeland Security."

The single-award, IDIQ contract has a five-year base, as well as an additional one-year add-on.

Aaron Boyd is an awarding-winning journalist currently serving as editor of Federal Times — a Washington, D.C. institution covering federal workforce and contracting for more than 50 years — and Fifth Domain — a news and information hub focused on cybersecurity and cyberwar from a civilian, military and international perspective.

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