Leidos wins $395m contract to provide cybersecurity services to US DHS

Leidos has secured a contract worth $395m to provide cybersecurity and threat mitigation services to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The services provided by Leidos will help the department in operating the NextGen Security Operations Center.

The contract will help DHS to further enhance its proactive cyber intelligence operations center by using Leidos' advanced cyber methodologies and capabilities.

Leidos Civil Group president Angie Heise said: "Given the DHS mission, its network is a critical part of the U.S. national security infrastructure. This programme will help DHS address the adaptive nature of cyber threats in order to thwart future attacks.

"This contract award extends Leidos' broad cybersecurity portfolio, and is evidence that our detection, protection, and risk mitigation technologies are trusted solutions for US government agencies."

The single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract comes with a one-year base period of performance and six one-year options.

The contract was originally awarded to Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business.

Leidos merged with IS&GS in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction that was completed in August last year.

Work under the contract will be performed primarily in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for safeguarding the nation from many threats.

It has more than 240,000 employees dealing with aviation and border security to emergency response.