Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The FBI is building a data centre to help strengthen cybersecurity defences

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Powering through IT infrastructure consolidation, federal body sees in the new facility a safer cyber future.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has broken ground on a new data centre facility in Pocatello, Idaho, alongside its partner, the US Department of Justice.

The facility comes at a time when the US Government is driving a heavy consolidation data centre roadmap, the same reason why the Idaho site is being built.

The federal body said in a statement: “[The data centre] is a milestone in the efforts to consolidate and optimiase data centre infrastructure, information, and services as part of a broad multi-year IT transformation.

“The consolidation of dozens of data centres will strengthen the cybersecurity posture for all Department of Justice components that will utilize the facility, as well as improve collaboration, information sharing, and increase the ability to execute advanced analytics, while decreasing overall operational costs.”

The FBI has had a presence in Pocatello for three decades, gradually increasing personnel and capabilities at the facility over time.

Currently, components of nine FBI divisions are located in Pocatello, with responsibilities ranging from investigations, intelligence analysis, IT, travel, and records management.

The FBI said: “The FBI appreciates the support of Pocatello Mayor, Brian Blad, and the Pocatello community for its support in helping to bring this project to fruition.”